Poetry. Michael Chitwood's seventh collection of poems is tremendously varied in shape and pace, from terse, reflexive aphorisms to rangy narratives. "No book about happiness has made me half as happy as I was made by POOR-MOUTH JUBILEE, Michael Chitwood's sublime book about sorrow. Chitwood gives sorrow all its due respect—and no more, so the book is often laugh-out funny in its wisdom. Don't pray for the sick, Chitwood instructs, 'They have their own problems.' And POOR-MOUTH JUBILEE pulses with the exhilaration of being alive"—Andrew Hudgins.
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Michael Chitwood has worked on a construction crew, in a textile mill, and for a highway department; he is also the author of seven volumes of poetry and two books of essays, including three published by Tupelo Press: LIVING WAGES: POEMS (2014), POOR-MOUTH JUBILEE (2010), and SPILL (2007). Having graduated from the only high school in rural Franklin County, Virginia, he earned a BA in English at Emory & Henry College and went on to work for the University of Virginia Medical Center as a science writer and editor for Helix magazine, meanwhile earning an MFA. For a number of years, he was a science writer and editor at Duke University Medical Center and Research Triangle Institute; he is now a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.Author City: CHAPEL HILL, NC USA