"Spill is a book of spiritual yearning, grounded in the here and now of airport terminals, the backyard, a rainy morning, and a broken-down church van."-Michael Chitwood
With finely honed, vibrant imagery, this poet chisels away at the mundane and unearths the miraculous in his eighth poetry collection. The book is divided into three sections: Chitwood's distinctive vision begins simply, as he evokes an Appalachian upbringing mired in pious certainty and yet haunted by spiritual craving. We follow the pilgrim's path in the following segment, as he attempts to wring holiness from the merely terrestrial, finding only fleeting glimpses of the divine. The final section turns contemplative, as the speaker tries to comprehend the course he has taken and find solace and wisdom in his journey.
Chitwood's verse is sharp, spare, and unpretentious, wonderfully surprising and yet deeply profound. Words are neither wasted nor superfluous; he never forgets that this is an honest conversation with the reader, and he uses the common tongue and humor of a man in thoughtful dialogue with his fellow creatures.
Born and raised in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge, Michael Chitwood received his BA from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, and then worked as a science writer and editor. He earned his MFA from the University of Virginia. Moving to North Carolina, he began teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he remains a full-time visiting lecturer and a commentator on the local NPR station.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.7" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Tupelo Press
ISBN 1932195475 ISBN13 9781932195477
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More About Michael Chitwood
Michael Chitwood was born in the foothills of the Virginia Blue Ridge in a small town named Rocky Mount. He grew up there, attending the county's only high school. He attended Emory and Henry College for my undergraduate degree, earning a BA in English in 1980. He worked as a science writer for a number of years at the University of Virginia Medical Center, eventually becoming assistant editor of the magazine Helix. While there, he also became a full-time student in the MFA program, receiving his degree in 1986. He moved to North Carolina that year and worked as a science and medical writer at Duke University Medical Center and then at Research Triangle Institute where he edited the magazine Hypotenuse. His books include the poetry collections POOR-MOUTH JUBILEE (Tupelo Press, 2010), SPILL (Tupelo Press, 2008), and The Weave Room (Chicago, 1998). Chitwood has also published two prose books, Finishing Touches: Selected Essays and Fiction (Tryon Publishing, 2006) and Hitting Below the Bible Belt: Baptist Voodoo, Blood Kin, Grandma's Teeth and Other Stories from the South (Down Home Press, 1998). After the birth of his son, he became a freelance writer and full-time Dad. And he became a commentator for North Carolina's WUNC affiliate of National Public Radio. He also began teaching at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is now a full-time visiting lecturer at UNC and lives with his wife and two children in Chapel Hill.