"How grand it is to have A Little Salvation with bright, resonant new poems like 'Gift' and 'Praise,' along with trusted familiars like 'Wonder' and 'Somewhere in Ecclesiastes'. Judson Mitcham is just exactly the right poet to depict 'the nowhere that we are traveling through' as well as the 'everlasting never that might have been.' Every line he writes is as truthful as brook water."
—Fred Chappell, author of Dagon
The transitory nature of human experience is both the boon and the bane of the existence of the speakers in these poems, and every poem seems to recognize its own temporality, trying to find meaning rather than a definitive answer to the questions it raises. The tone of these poems combines a strong sense of humor with a pervasive feeling of loss, both celebrating and mourning that “a true note is still so hard to hit.” These voices revel in the human condition even as they are often saddened by it.
While Mitcham’s background and settings are distinctly southern, his interests extend far beyond the regional. He intimately understands the problems and the people of the South but recognizes that these are, above all, human problems and human beings. His poems evoke Flannery O’Connor, Otis Redding, the Bible, and the Baptist Church, but they also respond to Walt Whitman, Wallace Stevens, and the death of Jacques Derrida.
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