The Innocence of Education by Earl Carlton Huband
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"The Innocence of Education could be called the Education of Earl Huband. Innocence survives cultures. Education settles the uneasy ways which distinguish people. Huband's Americana charts a seriously humorous sway, as The Innocence of Education surprises and sustains the story of an American living and teaching English among the Arabs. Henry James would love this book, as I do, especially its compassion for travel, biography, and autobiography."
—Shelby Stephenson, NC Poet Laureate, 2015-2018
"Good poems do what Joseph Conrad proclaimed to be the ultimate purpose of prose: above all, to make you see. Earl Huband has through his poems in The Innocence of Education awakened me to what venturing as a Peace Corps teacher into a totally foreign environment, language and culture such as Oman's involves. His pithy poems are enlightening and entertaining."
—Christopher M. Armitage, Professor of English, UNC-Chapel Hill
"Earl Huband has led an extraordinarily varied and interesting life, and I'm glad to see that his recent poems harvest that variety. He offers exotic scenes, characters, and idioms, but he never sacrifices the spirit of his native South that I, another native, can recognize as 100% authentic. He offers the experience of that familiar theme--the American abroad--in many poems realized in carefully measured lines of nine syllables. I look forward to reading and rereading these for years to come."
—William Harmon, James Gordon Hanes Professor in the Humanities, UNC-Chapel Hill
Winner of the Longleaf Press 2018 Poetry Award, The Innocence of Education features twenty-seven syllabic and autobiographical poems based on the author's experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Sultanate of Oman, where he taught English in a remote fishing village near the mouth of the Persian Gulf.
A native of Wilmington, Earl Carlton Huband is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A., M.A.T.) and a resident of Durham. His poems have appeared in journals such as America, Iodine Poetry Journal, The Lyric, The Main Street Rag, and Visions International; in anthologies such as Earth and Soul, Heron Clan, Kakalak, and Pinesong; and in the textbook Unlocking the Poem.