In this debut full-length collection of poetry by Dudgrick Bevins, the poet’s memories of his youth become your own. Bevins has crafted not only a tale of personal history but a kind of archetypal roadmap through rural Appalachia where he mines the terrain of his past for remnants of beauty forged among the smothering haze of misty mountaintops. Family, religion, and sexuality intertwine like vines of kudzu strangling old growth trees.
“Whether or not you know anything about the South, this book of poetry will draw you into a fascinating depiction of a town in which wild nature and decay and family love and danger crawl over each other.”
Vigil is an eloquent and elegant story, told from the afterlife by a cast of dead teenagers who were victims of a school shooting. Bevins’s poems give voice to the souls who can no longer speak for themselves.