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Today's poem is "Revival"
from Mango in Winter

Grayson Books

Juditha Dowd is the author of three chapbooks. Her poetry has appeared in The Florida Review, Cider Press Review, Kestrel, and Spillway.

Books by Juditha Dowd:

Other poems on the web by Juditha Dowd:
"Conversing with an Orange"

About Mango in Winter:

"Nature is abundantly available in Juditha Dowd's striking poems, but it is available-and it is a source of such delight in these poems-only because of the illustrious mind and sensibility with which Dowd frames her birds and beasts, her people of the hearth and the field, and the hearth and the field themselves. These are strong, assured fragments of reality that are as alive as the creatures they meditate upon."
—Vijay Seshadri

"These luminous, beautifully crafted poems leap from one stunning detail to another, facing hard truths and recounting haunting narratives of an ailing mother, a learning-disabled daughter, and a strong marriage. She celebrates a perfect mango found in a backstreet shop, yet in the same poem reminds us that our lives have been flayed open, a claim this book fearlessly demonstrates. These are poems of hope, love, and death, leavened by jokes about bagpipes and penguins and an apparition that maybe a dead thoracic surgeon or 'Jung in an owl costume.' She celebrates a perfect mango found in a backstreet shop, yet in the same poem reminds us that our lives have been 'flayed open,' a claim this book fearlessly demonstrates."
—Barbara Daniels

"Juditha Dowd's Mango in Winter explores the mature heart deftly with touches of the exotic. Audubon as "husband to his birds" is juxtaposed against acts of faithfulness to both the land inhabited and the people residing there. In a finely honed voice, Juditha reminds us that 'Once we forgive a house its faults' the mango might become ours."
—Kyle Laws



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