Book trailer for The Book of Hulga by Rita Mae Reese with illustrations by Julie Franki.
“Like the peacock lifting that magnificent tail into an arch, Rita Mae Reese’s poems of affliction and epiphany shiver and extend a structure so stunning, so moving, it’s nearly impossible to respond justly in language. Flannery O’Connor would have kept The Book of Hulga on her bedside table.”
—Amy Newman, author of On This Day in Poetry History
“A mesmerizing imagination at work. The language is pared but rich, philosophical and earthy. These poems are fiercely individual, but dovetail into a narrative bright with revelations and wonder. The Book of Hulga is a triumph.”
—Eduardo C. Corral, author of Slow Lightning
“To read these poems is to inhabit the body of a penitent climbing, on hands and knees, the long stone steps toward God. The book’s three crowns of finely interwoven sonnets leave no doubt that Reese is an equal to Donne or Hopkins.”
—Nick Lantz, author of We Don’t Know We Don’t Know
The book is discounted right now on Amazon, by the way, but you can also buy it from your local independent bookseller, keep more money in your community, and support a small business for just a few pennies more. It’s not often virtue comes that cheap.