by R.T. Smith
A collection of poetry inspired by Flannery O'Connor.
In "The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O'Connor," R.T. Smith fuses the facts of Flannery O'Connor's biography with a richly imagined dreamscape, taking us from Yaddo to Iowa to Milledgeville, Georgia--the "peacock's shriek blistering the midnight air." With the intricate artistry for which he is deservedly known, Smith creates and sustains a voice surprising as it is believable, the "hick-ridiculous" and hilarious of her life and fiction in perfect balance with "sunsets, a river, a car, fresh blood." Smith takes into his account as well the lupus that came to define O'Connor's physical reality and the "flight or asylum" that became her remarkable literary outpouring. "The Red Wolf" will delight O'Connor fans and seduce anyone not already smitten.