Above the Fall Line: The Trail from White Pine Cabin

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Amy Blackmarr returns to her native Georgia as a "refugee," fleeing a bleak Kansas winter, the trauma of graduate school, and a "loss of identity, confidence, boyfriend and best dog and pride." Now White Pine Cabin, a hut barely big enough to turn around in, becomes the setting for Blackmarr's searing self-examination as she tells the stories that have led her so far inward and works out a trail back toward a happier connection with herself, the land, her God, and the people in her world. With an irony that keeps...
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Amy Blackmarr returns to her native Georgia as a "refugee," fleeing a bleak Kansas winter, the trauma of graduate school, and a "loss of identity, confidence, boyfriend and best dog and pride." Now White Pine Cabin, a hut barely big enough to turn around in, becomes the setting for Blackmarr's searing self-examination as she tells the stories that have led her so far inward and works out a trail back toward a happier connection with herself, the land, her God, and the people in her world. With an irony that keeps her prose from sinking into sentiment, Blackmarr writes of the dishonesty in a lost relationship, flunking her graduate exams, the inborn racism she was surprised to discover, and the loss of her beloved dog Max. But her enduring love for the land brings needed beauty and balance, and her sense of humor won't let us get away without hearing about the ghost by the creek, the bear that comes for her pork roast, the mice that eat a rat snake, and the landfill that swallows her car. Finally, when Blackmarr allows herself to move outside her solitude she always discovers the world's unexpected generosity, and it is this gift that helps heal her and make her aware of the art we create in the interwoven kindnesses we pay each other.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865549012
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Wild places
Trail head: White Pine Cabin 1
Crows 7
"No big deal" 11
Mountain dogs 21
Rewriting Ulysses 27
A sharp tooth 39
"1/2 tab about 1 hr before storm" 43
Yahoola i 49
Lost 55
Above the fall line 63
Bears and scorpions in the shower; or, a week in the woods 73
Trail tree 83
Floyd on his own 93
At the dump 99
Dry weather 105
The art of people 109
Hot chow chow 117
Succor 121
Love and kudzu 125
The dream 131
The way of grace 139
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    Reflections without sentiment

    If you've ever walked in the woods, loved a dog, lost a dog, lost a love, failed at school or been to camp, you'll relish Amy Blackmarr's essays in Above the Fall Line. Blackmarr retruns to her native Georgia from Kansas, where life dealt her some harsh blows, to live in a tiny cabin in the mountains. There she reflects on her surroundings and everyday events, masterfully weaving irony and insight but avoiding sentimentality. Her topics range from romance gone sour to her dog's encounter with a bear, and her wry observations allow the reader to learn from her self-discovery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    Aim for Grace

    Amy Blackmarr's third book of personal essays may be the best yet. Her sensitive descriptions of the environment, poetic musings, and characteristic flashes of humor make this book a joy to read. The epigraph is a quote from Ann Beattie--'What will happen can't be stopped: aim for grace.' I believe that is what Blackmarr has done in this work, and she has succeeded admirably.

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