The Circus Train

OVENBIRD BOOKS | 2014

“The Circus Train” is an essay of novella length—something for which we have no term. But nevertheless it is meant to stand on its own. Even with the two additional companion essays, The Circus Train is a short book. Its intention is to explore, to argue, and to contemplate. Confronting memory and mortality, Judith Kitchen finds abundance in her own front yard.

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Half In Shade

COFFEE HOUSE PRESS | 2012

“When Judith Kitchen inherited boxes of family photographs and scrapbooks, they sparked curiosity and speculation. Piecing together her memories with the physical evidence in the photos, along with a sense of history and a willingness to speculate, Kitchen explores the gray areas between the present and the past, family and self, certainty and uncertainty. The result is a lyrical, ennobling anatomy of a heritage, family, mother-daughter relationships, and the recovery from an illness that captures with precision the forces of the heart and mind when “none of us knows what lies beyond the moment, outside the frame.

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The House on Eccles Road

GRAYWOLF PRESS | 2002

June 16th, 1999, in Dublin Ohio and it is Molly and Leo Bluhm’s wedding anniversary. They wake up together and go on to spend the day apart. Leo tends to his busy schedule as a college professor, Molly merely passes the time – hums Irish tunes as she does the housework, chats to neighbours and meets an old love.

All too aware that her husband has forgotten the significance of the day, Molly’s frustration is reflected in a series of scribbled notes and telephone messages, as she struggles with the fact that he needs reminding at all…

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Distance and Direction

GRAYWOLF PRESS | 2002

Judith Kitchen’s essays are lyrical and affecting meditations on place—those places to which we go back and the bittersweet ones to which we can never return. Blended with intelligent speculation on national history and literacy legacy, these exquisite pieces contain tender and lucidly detailed homages to Fred Astaire’s hands, Kitchen’s aging father, the color blue, and familiar and dreamed-about places.

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Only the Dance

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA PRESS | 1994

Using the words of others as her wellspring, Kitchen takes us on excursions in time, self, and literature to examine the interconnectiveness of past, present, and future pieces of her life. Longer essays form the vertical threads of Kitchen’s autobiographical tapestry, reflecting the shape of her identity as daughter, student, wife, teacher, and finally, well-known writer/editor/reviewer. Her quest defies chronology as she traverses a geography of memories in upstate New York, Brazil, New England, Wyoming, and Washington state.

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Writing the World: Understanding William Stafford

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS | 1998

An excellent introduction for readers coming to Stafford for the first time and a valuable overview of the work for the many readers already familiar with his poetry, this book offers the best single guide to one of the most respected and celebrated poets of our time.

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