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Bread without Sorrow
Bread without Sorrow, John Hodgen's second volume of poetry, earned him the Balcones Poetry Prize in 2002. He has been the recipient of numerous other awards, including the 2005 Foley Poetry Prize, the 2005 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, the Grolier Prize, an Arvon Foundation Award, the Yankee Magazine Award for Poetry, and the 2000 Massachusetts Cultural Commission Artist Foundation Grant in Poetry. His first collection, In My Father's House, won the 1993 Bluestem Award and was published by Emporia State University's Bluestem Press. A longtime resident of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Hodgen teaches English and creative writing and Assumption College, from which he holds an MA, and at Mount Wachusett Community College.
In My Father's House is simply one of the most powerful books of poems I have read in a long, long time. Hodgen celebrates our humanity as he looks, unblinking, at the misery of the world with intensity, integrity, and compassion. Some of these poems are absolutely haunting.
John Hodgen's book is a remarkable achievement, with poems after poem facing the relentlessness of the world and delivering life to us with clarity and an art so deft as to seem invisible. But the art is there and brings something new to poetry, which I am delighted to greet with warmth and enthusiasm.
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