Born into a logger’s family in Wiscasset, “The Prettiest Village in Maine,” Judith Ann Levison illuminates the dark side of its youth. Many poems deal with the challenges she and others faced: lack of education and love, abuse, alcoholism, and poverty. A supportive high school English teacher and a poem in The New Yorker at age fifteen, led to degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Hollins College, and Drexel University. Often returning to her family and the natural beauty of Maine, she maintains compassion in her work for those who could not leave the burdens of their families for a better life.
Paperback: 108 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (August 14, 2023)