Bloodroot: Reflections on Place by Appalachian Women Writers / Edition 1

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Winner of the 1997 Appalachian Studies Award Appalachian Writers Association 1999 Book of the Year Winner of the Susan Koppleman Award of the Popular Culture Association for Best Edited Collection in Women's Studies Joyce Dyer is director of writing and associate professor of English at Hiram College, Ohio."

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A broad sampling of deeply impressive writings—essays, memoirs, poetry, letters, storiesþby women from the Southern Highlands, edited by Dyer (In a Tangled Wood, not reviewed). If the word Appalachia conjures little more for you than mining disasters and Walker Evans photos, turn these pages and discover the remarkable storytelling tradition that flourished there, and thrives still. Every one of these 35 pieces goes down smooth as a glass of Georgia peach, even when it bites. A few of the names of the contributors will be familiarþNikki Giovanni and Gail Godwin, Jayne Anne Phillips, whose offering is a terrific out-of-time remembrance of her hometown, circa 1962þbut most of the women here (all were born in the 20th century) have toiled long and hard, often in obscurity, their love of words keeping the storytelling art aliveþand high art it is. Each writer was asked to address how the Appalachias had affected them (whites, African-Americans, and Native Americans are represented). There are good doses of the stubborn, rooted poetry of attachment by Kathryn Stripling Byer, Rita Sims Quillen, and others. Lou V.P. Crabtree, a certified old soul, tenders a stark, lyric portrait of Price Hollow; Hilda Downer's depiction of Bandanaþ"named for the red bandana Clinchfield Railroad tied to a laurel branch to denote an imaginary train station"þis more sensuous. Denise Gardinia tells of losing her innocence to grammar, and Ellesa Clay High takes readers on a tour of her home patch through a "soft female rain that can last for days hereþsomething we share with Seattle and other places." There are 26 others, each as deserving of mention as the next.This collection won the 1997 Appalachian Studies Award—likely hands down, and deservedly so. (b&w photos, not seen)
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"Each essay is like sitting on the porch and drinking a cool lemonade while each writer weaves a story of a grandmother or uncle or describes some homeplace long abandoned, but never forgotten." -- Paintsville Herald

"Dyer succeeds admirably in a dual purpose: to promote a vital and virtually unknown body of work, and to suggest an Appalachian spirit that transcends state borders and artistic genres." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813109831
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 4/13/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Flowering Ivy 16
Border States 21
The Mountains Dark and Close around Me 31
Sound 40
Root Hog, or Die 52
Deep Water 61
Good Questions 71
Paradise in Price Hollow 80
All This, and Honeysuckles Too 87
Mutant in Bandana 98
"The Past Is Never Dead, It's Not Even Past" 105
Women Born to Be Strong 111
Salt-Water Geechee Mounds 120
No Scapin the Booger Man 128
400 Mulvaney Street 132
Uncle Orphy 140
The Standing People 146
Writing in the Smokehouse 153
Voiceplace 167
Keepers of the Legends 175
Letter from a Poet in West Virginia 187
A Natural History 192
Leaving Pre-Appalachia 200
Premature Burial 209
Counting the Sums 218
The Song about the Story - The Story behind the Song 225
Westward from Bald Mountain 233
The Search for the Beulah Quintet 243
Piddlin' 247
Big Stone Gap 253
Appalachian Loaves and Fishes 261
Inside Discoveries 272
Terrain of the Heart 277
This House and This World 282
An Inquiry into Who My Grandmother Really Was 289
Works Cited 298
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