HPU Professor Publishes Poems In NY Journal


HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 8, 2010 ? Dr. Marion Hodge, professor of English at High Point University, recently had two poems accepted for publication in “Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems” ? a journal based in Southold, N.Y.

His poem, “Common Flickers,” will appear in the spring issue. The piece contrasts the performance of a pair of common flickers — a species of dramatically colored woodpeckers ? as they chisel a nest in the side of an old rotten tree, with that of Shakespearean actors who rehearse their roles in their backyard under the flickers’ tree.

His second poem, “A Natural Color,” will appear in the summer issue. The poem presents a scene from Hodge’s youth, when he came upon the hide and bones of a calf which had apparently tried but failed to jump over a barbed-wire fence. Hodge explains that the poem focuses on certain theological and ecological matters.

Hodge has published poems in several journals, including “Southern Poetry Review,” “Hollins Critic,” “College English,” “Seattle Review” and “Davidson Miscellany.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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