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In the title poem of Calling His Children Home, winner of the 1993 Devins Award for Poetry, Gregory Donovan masterfully melds the stories of jazz great Buddy Bolden, hot-air balloonist Buddy Bartley, a fellow New Orleans performer and Eunice Winkless, a stunt rider of the same era who thrilled crowds by plunging on horseback into a pool of water. In poems notable for their In the title poem of Calling His Children Home, winner of the 1993 Devins Award for Poetry, Gregory Donovan masterfully melds the stories of jazz great Buddy Bolden, hot-air balloonist Buddy Bartley, a fellow New Orleans performer and Eunice Winkless, a stunt rider of the same era who thrilled crowds by plunging on horseback into a pool of water. In poems notable for their strong, forward-driving lines, Donovan's characters reenact that plunge into the discovery of the self - and the selves - hidden behind the mirror that calls its children home. The sounds of their journey can be heard humming in high-voltage wires handled by a rural lineman, in the songs of a ragpicker keeping himself company in the alleys of St. Louis, in the chant of Tibetan monks, in the buzzing voice on the telephone, or in the deep rumble of a train. Like the soulful sounds of Buddy Bolden's cornet, Donovan's poems call forth wanderers, adventurers, working men and working women, characters from the mythical past - all those who search for the self, who search for home - offering an invitation to the blues, with all its power to hurt, and to heal.


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In the title poem of Calling His Children Home, winner of the 1993 Devins Award for Poetry, Gregory Donovan masterfully melds the stories of jazz great Buddy Bolden, hot-air balloonist Buddy Bartley, a fellow New Orleans performer and Eunice Winkless, a stunt rider of the same era who thrilled crowds by plunging on horseback into a pool of water. In poems notable for their In the title poem of Calling His Children Home, winner of the 1993 Devins Award for Poetry, Gregory Donovan masterfully melds the stories of jazz great Buddy Bolden, hot-air balloonist Buddy Bartley, a fellow New Orleans performer and Eunice Winkless, a stunt rider of the same era who thrilled crowds by plunging on horseback into a pool of water. In poems notable for their strong, forward-driving lines, Donovan's characters reenact that plunge into the discovery of the self - and the selves - hidden behind the mirror that calls its children home. The sounds of their journey can be heard humming in high-voltage wires handled by a rural lineman, in the songs of a ragpicker keeping himself company in the alleys of St. Louis, in the chant of Tibetan monks, in the buzzing voice on the telephone, or in the deep rumble of a train. Like the soulful sounds of Buddy Bolden's cornet, Donovan's poems call forth wanderers, adventurers, working men and working women, characters from the mythical past - all those who search for the self, who search for home - offering an invitation to the blues, with all its power to hurt, and to heal.

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