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Today's poem is "Love Letter Written While Speeding Past the City Limit Sign"
from After the Revival

The Waywiser Press

Carrie Jerrell was born in Petersburg, Indiana, USA in 1976. She received her MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and her PhD from Texas Tech University. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is an assistant professor of English at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky and serves as the poetry editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.

Books by Carrie Jerrell:

Other poems on the web by Carrie Jerrell:
Two poems
Three poems
Nine poems

About After the Revival:

"Carrie Jerrell is a poised, mature and brilliant poet. Her distinctive genius, what makes her unlike anybody else I know, is her ability to bring together such a heterogeneous mix of worlds and influences — to be open to everything formal and informal, profane and sacred, foreign and home grown."
—Alan Shapiro

"The poems in this book are full of idiosyncratic wit, keen social intelligence and a kind of sass that makes great use of both the honey and the sting. Thatís pleasure enough to encounter, but add to this Jerrellís enviable formal assuredness and you have a book that announces a bright new voice to contemporary American poetry."
—Erin Belieu

"After the Revival is a book of rich, tightly-packed poems suffused with the grit, rueful humor and pain of American country music."
—Dorianne Laux

"After the Revival carefully mourns the vulnerability of rural America, from its people and their ways, to its small towns, to the land itself. Thereís a bell of desperation quietly ringing throughout this original and finely-observed book. Carrie Jerrellís poems are loaded with longing and anguish; they hit the page as homemade creations, gritty systems of memory and transformation, rough-hewn and vital."
—Maurice Manning

"Carrie Jerrellís poems are as lyrically alive, intelligent, and unforgettable as Hank Williamsís best songs. A lover of paradox like John Donne, and as formally sophisticated, she moves between the divine and the profane in the blink of an eye. You canít match this book for mature feeling and its rare, hopeful, sorrowing intelligence."
—Tom Sleigh



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