Backcountry: Contemporary Writing in West Virginia

Overview

This is as closely-knit an anthology as you are ever likely to see. It is as though a large, extended family were drawing on the same store of family stories, jokes, symbols, landscapes, animals, trees, language, and vernacular. How many snakes are in this book? How many foxes, possums? Fossils? And how very many coal mines? But it is not merely local references that unites these writers. There is a larger vision that ties these works together.

"The connection is not so much in ...

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Overview

This is as closely-knit an anthology as you are ever likely to see. It is as though a large, extended family were drawing on the same store of family stories, jokes, symbols, landscapes, animals, trees, language, and vernacular. How many snakes are in this book? How many foxes, possums? Fossils? And how very many coal mines? But it is not merely local references that unites these writers. There is a larger vision that ties these works together.

"The connection is not so much in mutual influence, though there is some of that, but in each writer’s total immersion in place. Even those writers who no longer live in the state remember the feel, the physical texture, the overwhelming and enfolding vegetal surround of the place." Editor, Irene McKinney

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780937058725
  • Publisher: West Virginia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

This anthology of contemporary fiction and poetry from West Virginia writers titled Backcountry: Contemporary Writing in West Virginia is edited by our state’s poet laureate, Irene McKinney. It features a wealth of fiction and poetry by some of the best writers in West Virginia over the last half century. More of West Virginia’s writers will be featured in future collections of contemporary writing published by the WVU Press. The authors included in Backcountry are Maggie Anderson, Tom Andrews, Pinckney Benedict, Richard Currey, Mark DeFoe, Victor Depta, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Denise Giardina, Davis Grubb, Lisa Koger, Lee Maynard, Llewellyn McKernan, John McKernan, Irene McKinney, Louis McNeill, Ann Pancake, Breece D’J Pancake, Jayne Anne Phillips, Timothy Russell, Mary Lee Settle, A. E. Stringer, and Meredith Sue Willis.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Marginal 13
Independence Day, Terra Alta, West Virginia 1935 14
Among Elms and Maples, Morgantown, West Virginia, August 1935 15
Mining Camp Residents, West Virginia, July, 1935 16
Spitting in the Leaves 17
Long Story 18
Ontological 21
From Addie: A Memior 22
Late Winter Snow: South of Morgantown, WV 36
Leaving the Hills 37
Driving the Gauley River, Listening to the Radio 39
The Former Miner Returns from His First Day as a Service Worker 40
Air 41
The Sutton Pie Safe 42
Odom 50
Hymning the Kanawha 65
Evening Song 73
Extended Learning 74
Memoria 93
The Roads 94
Granny Saunders 95
The Long Traveller 96
The Road 98
The River 99
Family Knots 100
In Dubio 107
In Aegri Somnia 108
In Consideratione Praemissorum 109
In Actu 110
From Crum 112
Aunt Anna 129
The Peaceful Kingdom 131
The Only Old Timer in the Neighborhood 133
In Spring 136
Rondal Lloyd 137
The Burlap Bag 152
Ruins in Reverse 162
Listen 163
My Friend Told Me 164
The Wars of Heaven 165
On the Edge of Highway 10 North 173
Trilobites 176
Fox Hunters 188
The Mad Whore of Peachtree 204
It Didn't Come from Hallmark 206
When Your Ego Bloats 207
Charlene's Ex 208
Jolo 209
Sin Boldly 224
Twilight in West Virginia: Six O'Clock Mine Report 232
Deep Mining 234
Visiting my Gravesite: Talbott Churchyard, West Virginia 236
Fodder 237
For Women Who Have Been Patient All Their Lives 238
Viridian Days 240
Cheers 242
Bess 243
A Patch of Earth 259
Night At The Commodore 262
About the Contributors 267
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