The Book of Hulga (Paperback)
University of Wisconsin Press, 9780299308148, 104pp.
Publication Date: March 25, 2016
The Book of Hulga speculates-with humor, tenderness, and a brutal precision-on a character that Flannery O'Connor envisioned but did not live long enough to write: "the angular intellectual proud woman approaching God inch by inch with ground teeth." These striking poems look to the same sources that O'Connor sought out, from Gerard Manley Hopkins to Edgar Allan Poe to Simone Weil. Original illustrations by Julie Franki further illuminate Reese's imaginative verse biography of a modern-day hillbilly saint.
About the Author
Rita Mae Reese is the author of the poetry collection The Alphabet Conspiracy. A past Wallace Stegner Fellow, she lives in Madison, Wisconsin.