A History of the River: Poems

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The poems in James Applewhite's accomplished new collection of verse, A History of the River, combine to present a remarkably accurate and affecting portrait of southern culture. The fields, forests, rivers and creeks of North Carolina form the geography of Applewhite's meditations on a way of life driven by change yet rooted in tradition. In poems of quiet authority Applewhite recalls the men and women - his forebears - who settled this part of the country, living in squared log cabins and timber-framed houses, ...
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The poems in James Applewhite's accomplished new collection of verse, A History of the River, combine to present a remarkably accurate and affecting portrait of southern culture. The fields, forests, rivers and creeks of North Carolina form the geography of Applewhite's meditations on a way of life driven by change yet rooted in tradition. In poems of quiet authority Applewhite recalls the men and women - his forebears - who settled this part of the country, living in squared log cabins and timber-framed houses, tilling the soil with mule-drawn plows, treating illness and disease with folk remedies, leading lives defined by hardship but enhanced by the sharing of common bonds. Applewhite also writes of the ways in which the advent of technology - the inexorable stream of automobiles, tractors, electric power lines, and television sets - subtly reshaped the lives of farming families, sometimes digging a gulf between generations. In "A Wilson County Farmer" a middle-aged tobacco planter stands before his house at dusk while, inside, his wife and daughter-in-law are lit by the "television's phosphorescent glow." Life is easier now, he reflects, but less certain and more lonely. These poems turn on the connection between father and son, mother and daughter, the hard-won passing on of identity between figures standing in different social and psychological worlds. Drawing on the wellsprings of memory and the South's strong tradition of oral history, Applewhite in this book exemplifies what language can do, conveying rich and meaningful content in a voice warm with understanding.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Looking back upon forebears who lived among the forests and rivers of his native North Carolina, Applewhite ( Lessons in Soaring ) chronicles Southern culture during simpler, less sophisticated times. A kind of poetic oral history, these dense poems detail a world of tobacco farms, log cabins and horse-driven carriages, a world slowly being encroached upon by modern conveniences like automobiles and tractors. In one poem a man stands in the shadow of the ``unnatural light'' of ``the television's phosphorescent glow'' while the poet contemplates whether technology has made life any better for his country kinfolk. But Applewhite frequently buries the emotional potential of his themes in excessively nuanced descriptions, as in a piece about the pride of hand labor: ``Broom sedge colonized, its sunset-tan extending / in feathery ranks homogenous as wheat. Evergreen seedlings / then bulked up gradually. . . .'' Overall, however, Applewhite uses his impressive knowledge of the culture about which he writes--and his capacious memory--to skillfully evoke a lost time and place, one in which life was full of hardship, but clearly more comprehensible. (Feb.)
Library Journal
``So history twists my psyche,'' says Applewhite, a poet and professor of English at Duke University. But in his latest collection, the poet's personal history and the collective history of his part of the world--eastern North Carolina--do not twist but instead enrich. The poems continually exhibit a hanging back, a feeling of wanting to retreat to the simpler, purer world of Applewhite's childhood, of his father's childhood, of his grandfather's childhood. This is very readable poetry, written with refreshing simplicity and sensuality and flowing as smoothly as a river: ``Poison ivy/ leaves printed their frieze/ of threes across my eyes under/ a sun in motion.'' Avoiding sentimentality, Applewhite offers poems of death, distance, and change and yet of sameness. He insists on the sights, sounds, and smells that have molded the people of eastern North Carolina but are now lost. Reading this collection is like settling down with an old album of strikingly clear, magnificently articulated photographs whose images leap into our consciousness and remain there. Highly recommended.-- Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807118160
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1993
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Among Names of My Fathers 1
Making Tobacco Money 2
Men Crossing a Street 4
A Change of Sky 5
Storm in the Briar Patch 7
News of Pearl Harbor 8
Water from the Lamp Bottle 9
Home Team 10
The Years Ago 11
Horsepower 12
A Wilson County Farmer 13
The Autumn Potato 14
Almon and Jane 15
Tributary Branches 16
Accident of Inheritance 17
Without Destination 18
Time at Seven Springs 20
Remembering William Blackburn in a Leaf 22
The Other Creation 23
Echoes of Origin 24
After Winslow Homer's Images of Blacks 25
My Cousin Sue's Broad View 27
Elegy for a Hunter 28
The Cemetery next to Contentnea 29
The Rest Home 31
The Electrician's Funeral 32
For Jan, in September Weather 34
A Father and Son 35
Slender Pines in Smoky Light 37
Imaginary Photograph 38
It Makes a Sound 39
Riverwalk with Owl, After the Funeral 40
A Mark in Sunlight 41
The Village After Sunset 42
The Ways 44
What You Don't See Is There 45
The Ridge on the Edge of Day 46
Time in America 47
Light's Praise 49
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