Andrew Hudgins Analysis

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Andrew Hudgins (HUHD-jihnz) is primarily known as a poet, but he has published a number of essays as well as edited other writers’ works. Foremost among these is his collection of essays and memoirs, The Glass Anvil, published in 1997. These essays discuss, among other things, the way his poems about his childhood and past have tended to reform his memories rather than stay exactly true to them. Additionally, with Janice Whittington, he edited a book on a Texas poet, The Waltz He Was Born For: An Introduction to the Writings of Walt McDonald (2002). He has also written articles on and published interviews with a number of contemporary poets, including Louise Glück, Donald Justice, and Galway Kinnell. He edited the American Poets Project’s James Agee: Selected Poems (2008).


(Poets and Poetry in America)

A frequent fellow at the Yaddo colony, Andrew Hudgins was also awarded a John Atherton Fellowship in poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 1985. His first book of poetry, Saints and Strangers, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1986. He won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1986. In 1988, he received the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His second book, After the Lost War, won the Poets’ Prize for best book of verse in 1989. These first two collections were also noted for marking a return to narrative poetry. Similarly, his later collections about his Alabama childhood, The Glass Hammer and Babylon in a Jar, were notable for their treatment of Hudgins’s youth in the South during the struggle for civil rights. He was awarded the James G. Hanes Poetry Prize in 1995; that same year, he was accepted to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 1997, he was awarded the Ohioana Helen and Laura Krout Memorial Poetry Award from the Ohio Library Association for his lifetime contributions to poetry and the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Curb, Randall. “The Persistence of Poetry: An Appreciation of Andrew Hudgins.” Poets and Writers Magazine 26, no. 4 (July/August, 1998): 38-49. A thoughtful biographical essay about the poet that also discusses his interest in various historical figures in his poetry.

Hudgins, Andrew. “An Autobiographer’s Lies.” American Scholar 65, no. 4 (Autumn, 1996): 541-553. A reflective essay by the poet on the ways the requirements of his verse transformed his memories, moving them further way from fact and reality.

_______. “A Conversation with Andrew Hudgins.” Interview by Mark Jarman. Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion 38 (Spring, 2003): 91-103. A long interview by fellow poet Jarman that discusses the importance of Hudgins’s early faith and his background in the development of his craft.

_______. “On Language and Poetry: An Interview with Andrew Hudgins.” Interview by Nick Norwood. Hayden’s Ferry Review 16, no. 3 (Spring, 1995): 9-27. This interview is particularly helpful and interesting in its consideration of Hudgins’s prosody and technique in composing his poems.

Rogoff, Jay. “Andrew Hudgins’s Blasphemous Imagination.” Southern Humanities Review 32, no. 1 (Winter, 1998): 25-33. A discussion of Hudgins’s religious beliefs, his fascination with faith, and his idiosyncratic take on Christianity in his poetry.

Samuelson, Scott. “After the Lost War: A Narrative.” In Masterplots II: Christian Literature, edited by John K. Roth. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2008. Contains an analysis of the work as an example of Christian literature, with Christian themes highlighted.

Turner, Daniel Cross. “Heterotopic Space in Andrew Hudgins’ After the Lost War.” Southern Quarterly 44, no. 4 (Summer, 2007): 175-195. A consideration of Hudgins’s attempt in After the Lost War to avoid the romance of the Lost Cause and to take a more human tack in his approach to the vanished Confederacy.