Living in the Resurrection

T. Crunk; Foreword by James Dickey

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The winning volume in the 1994 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Living in the Resurrection by T. Crunk. As James Dickey, distinguished poet and judge of the competition, says in the foreword, "Here is that rare phenomenon, a writer of instinctive formal vision. His real reverence for the simple objects of the everyday world, their ability to present cup, tree, and hand both as they seem and as they are with a kind of mystical iconic starkness, is a quality uniquely Mr. Crunk's. That this starkness eventually begins to warp into the surreal and ultimately windows into the Luminous Beyond, is additional sanction for gratitude."



1. Found Hand-Painted on a Tin Flue Cover

Ribbon of black crape

draped on a door knob


like broken strings

hanging from a loom


with the words: Weep not.

What do I need of this world?


2. S. P. Dinsmoor Describes His Tomb

I have made myself a coffin with a glass lid.

By the door of my grave house


I have set a cement angel and a stone jug.

When I see the host coming down, the lid will—fly open


and I will sail out into the air like a locust.

If I am called above, the angel will help me—on my way.


If I have to go below, I will grab my jug

and fill it with water somewhere on the road down.


Meantime, every day I pray—O Lord

teach me that I am but earth,


a hollow vessel of clay,

only a wisp of thy breath against my emptiness.



They have yet to figure out

the name of the church


two men diving in Barkley Lake

around Cain's Mill a few years ago


found the whole steeple of

cross and all


half-buried in the mud shallows.

T. Crunk was born and raised in western Kentucky. He has received master's degrees in philosophy from the University of Kentucky and in English and creative writing from the University of Virginia. Crunk's poems have appeared in a number of journals, including  Paris Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West and The Virginia Quarterly Review.

"The Yale Series of Younger Poets remains the most prestigious [of poetry contests]."—Library Journal

"The spiritual realm of Crunk's poems is almost palpable, described in terms that emphasize the incarnational and sacramental qualities of the world the author inhabits. . . . This is a volume worthy of serious attention, by a poet to be watched."—Choice

ISBN: 9780300065268
Publication Date: November 29, 1995
70 pages, 5 3/4 x 9 1/4
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