Southern Appalachian Poetry

Southern Appalachian Poetry : An Anthology of Works by 37 Poets

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The mountain South thrives on centuries-old cultural heirlooms, a fact well known to readers of Appalachian literature, which is among the richest and most evocative of any region in the country.This anthology collects 225 poems by 37 poets of Southern Appalachia, from James Still and Louise McNeill to Robert Morgan, Fred Chappell and Charles Wright. Embracing the region's strong narrative traditions, dialect and syntax, the collection also includes poems that redefine the terms of isolation, as technological change and heightened tourism bring the old and new ways into greater tension.Autobiographical essays introduce each poet and his or her work. Notes explain colloquial, obscure, or historical references appearing in the poems.
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  • Paperback | 275 pages
  • 175.26 x 248.92 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • 0786434295
  • 9780786434299

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"a fabulous resource...overall impact is quite rich"--Appalachian Heritage; "McFarland & Company deserves considerable praise for its Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies series, which for more than a decade has brought out a fascinating collection of books. Marita Garin also has offered a valuable service to the study of Appalachian literature, and stopped a gap that has been open for too long...a rewarding and pleasurable book"--Appalachian Journal; "a much welcomed collection that avoids the usual pratfalls. If you're looking for an anthology that's completely satisfying, Southern Appalachian Poetry will not disappoint. You'll come away with a true sense of what mountain culture used to be"--The Pilot;"valuable and fascinating...replete with strong poetry, vital and rich"--North Carolina Literary Review; "a valuable read...engaging"--The Mississippi Quarterly; "manages to capture many of the compelling voices that emerged during the Appalachian cultural and heritage revival movement in the 1960s and 1970s that are often overlooked in other southern collections"--The Bloomsbury Review; "this splendid volume offers a distinctly different and creative vision of the region..."--Dr. Robert J. Higgs (Jack Higgs), co-editor, Voices from the Hills: Selected Readings of Southern Appalachia.
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About Marita Garin

Marita Garin lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Her work has been published in numerous journals including Southern Humanities Review, Colorado State Review and The Hollins Critic.
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