The Morning with Many Tongues
Set in locations around his hometown of Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill reads four poems from his debut collection, Blood Ties & Brown Liquor. Drawing upon oral history and close observation, Hill explores biography as well as racial history through several generations of a fictional African American family.
"The Morning with Many Tongues" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.
|Sean Hill reads the poem "Just as Sure." Poem text.|
|Sean Hill reads the poem "Nigger Street 1937." Poem text.|
|Sean Hill reads the poem "The State House Aflame 1833." Poem text.|
|Sean Hill reads the poem "In Memory Hill Cemetery." Poem text.|
In these excerpts from a December 17, 2008 conversation, Sean Hill talks about sources and influences of the poems in Blood Ties & Brown Liquor. This interview took place on the porch of Andalusia, the home of Flannery O'Connor near Milledgeville, Georgia.
Published Work in Print:
Hill, Sean. Blood Ties & Brown Liquor. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.
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