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Some Habits
C. Violet Eaton

2015 • 72 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American / Poetry of Place

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-004-5

“Shunning descriptive excess for the concrete… this work reads like a Joseph Cornell box come alive.”—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journa

Winner of the Omnidawn Open Book Prize

Some Habits proceeds by way of a series of letters charting the dreams, observations, apologies, and epiphanies of an unnamed addressor. The poem is infected by the vernacular language of the Ozark mountain region, and by the cultural effluvia of the flat lands hemming the Mississippi River. In the manner of the great poetic epistles, Some Habits risks unknowing its subject. Who broadcasts? Who receives?

Reviews / Endorsements

"Throughout this absorbing, delectable collection, Eaton continually returns us to a world in which language is as present and palpable as a “floor cluttered with pine needles before someone swept"..."—Zach Savich, Colorado Review

Some Habits is so inventively rich and tangly, so hilarious or outrageously sensual, it demands our lingering in it. What a love poem to the body, to somebody, and to the world!”—Forrest Gander, Judge of the Omnidawn Open Book Contest

C. VIOLET EATON is the editor of Bestoned and Rural Harmonics, and the author of a chapbook, No Outside Force Can Harm the Coyote (2014). He lives in Arkansas with his wife, the poet Sara Nicholson. He sells used & rare books.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:22:42 -0500