NC Literary Hall of Fame



In the Coral Reef of the Market by Earl Carlton Huband

Main Street Rag Publishing Company
$12.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-59948-826-4
July, 2020
Available from the publisher

"Earl Huband’s poems on his experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Oman came to my notice when I heard him perform them at poetry readings. They struck me then, and now, as the recollections of a great, paradigmatic adventure–the young American abroad, doing good for reasons not altogether clear to him at the time. The poems are calm and wry, comic and melancholy, straightforward and sneakily subtle, delivered in finely modulated syllabic lines." 
—J.S. Absher

"In his book In the Coral Reef of the Market, Earl Huband relates the experience of a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English to the people of Oman. Here are many amusing scenes in which 'Mr. Earl' becomes pupil to the language ambiguities of his students."
—David T. Manning

"Earl Huband documents his work as a Peace Corps volunteer in the mid 1970s in Oman with honesty and grace. The language of the poems is as authentic as Huband’s experiences, and is delivered in rich, clear detail. We encounter people, food, customs, lifestyles, and practices, witnessed through the poet's accepting eye, even as he is tested and challenged. This essential book teaches us not only about a people, but also about ourselves."
—Barbara Presnell

A second book of 27 poems that continues the story (that began with the author's first book) of his experiences as a young Peace Corps Volunteer in the Middle East.

Earl Carlton Huband is the author of The Innocence of Education, winner of Longleaf Press at Methodist University’s 2018 chapbook contest, and In the Coral Reef of the Market, a finalist in the 2019 Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest. Both chapbooks are based on Huband’s experiences as a young Peace Corps Volunteer in the Sultanate of Oman, where he taught English in a remote fishing village near the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

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