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Working the Dirt
Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets
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From the seat of a tractor to the seat of a car driven in search of a peach stand, the poems gathered here deal with dirt, toil, memory, history, and bliss. Horne carefully selected and sequenced the more than 100 poems in this collection within a thematic structure, and is clearly blown away by the individuality of the voices and poetic talents. Determined to present the South from many viewpoints, all of which reveal its roughness, beauty, and agrarian tradition, she has included time-honored poets such as Randall Jarrell and Wendell Barry, contemporary poets such as Naomi Shihab Nye and Ellen Bryant Voigt, and such lesser-known poets as Sallie Nixon and Coppie Green. The book's strongest section is titled "Strong Women," wherein such poems as Richard Jackson's "Morning Glory" absolutely shine with emotion, perception, and transformation....
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From the seat of a tractor to the seat of a car driven in search of a peach stand, the poems gathered here deal with dirt, toil, memory, history, and bliss. Horne carefully selected and sequenced the more than 100 poems in this collection within a thematic structure, and is clearly blown away by the individuality of the voices and poetic talents. Determined to present the South from many viewpoints, all of which reveal its roughness, beauty, and agrarian tradition, she has included time-honored poets such as Randall Jarrell and Wendell Barry, contemporary poets such as Naomi Shihab Nye and Ellen Bryant Voigt, and such lesser-known poets as Sallie Nixon and Coppie Green. The book's strongest section is titled "Strong Women," wherein such poems as Richard Jackson's "Morning Glory" absolutely shine with emotion, perception, and transformation. Working the Dirt is an apt title for an anthology that celebrates the soil and richly sings the songs of numerous southern poets. Janet St. John
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About Jennifer

Jennifer Horne grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and has lived in Alabama since 1986. She holds a BA in the Humanities from Hendrix College, and an MA in English, an MFA in Creative Writing, and an MA in Community Counseling, all from the University of...

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Author's Publishing Notes

A loamy volume of verse thematically inspired, Working the Dirt celebrates Southerners' connections to the land. The selected poems share themes of gardening, farming, and the rich Southern soil. The approximately one hundred poets, known and lesser known, living and dead, include: Fred Chappell, Walter McDonald, A. R. Ammons, Robert Morgan, Wendell Berry, Henry Taylor, Tom Dent, Jesse Stuart, Jim Wayne Miller, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Marion Montgomery, James Whitehead, C. D. Wright, George Scarbrough, Ahmos Zu-Bolton II, Thad Stem, Jr., William Sprunt, Donald Justice, Thomas Rabbitt, James Dickey, Rick Lott, John Allison, Edwin Godsey, Richard Jackson, Nikki Giovanni, Alvin Aubert, Margaret Walker, Emily Hiestand, Robert Gibbons, John Stone, Coppie Green, Bonnie Roberts, Coleman Barks, Anne George, Edward Eaton, Margaret Gibson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jack Butler, R. H. W. Dillard, Jane Gentry, Rodney Jones, Dannye Romine, Miller Williams, George Garrett, Sandra Agricola, Patricia Hooper, Gerald Berrax, Gibbons Ruark, Catherine Savage Brosman, Loretta Cobb, and Pattiann Rogers.