Judson Mitcham


Biography of Judson Mitcham

Judson Mitcham poet

Judson Mitcham (born 1948) is an author and professor best known as being the only writer to win the Townsend Prize for Fiction twice. His poetry is featured regularly in publications such as Harpers, The Chattahooche Review, and The Georgia Review, and his books have earned considerable critical acclaim. His most well known book is The Sweet Everlasting. In 2004 the University of Georgia press published his book Sabbath Creek.

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Prayer

at The Funeral for 13,000; Andersonville
Historic Site, September 19, 2015

Every prayer once prayed here is still in the air,
but there is also that old wine of astonishment, caught
in the throat. So who are we to have gathered here,
even in praise, even humbled by the blood
of our inheritance? Could we ever be too sure
what history is good for? History is what we are—

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