Book: The Optimist

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The Optimist

Author: Joshua Mehigan
Publisher: Ohio University Press

The Optimist, Joshua Mehigan’s first full-length book of poems, was selected by poet James Cummins as the winner of the 2004 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. It contains poems on an array of subjects, both ordinary and exceptional: the weather, a house fire, noise pollution, the inner life of a fourth-century ascetic. Whether narrative or lyric, dramatic or satirical, these poems explore universal themes such as death, desire, and change with a unique mixture of reason and compassion.

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