David Bottoms: Critical Essays and Interviews

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The South has a long tradition of great writers who remain in the South, transforming the local landscape into a universal one. Currently Poet Laureate of Georgia, David Bottoms is one of the South's most revered poets. The fifteen critical essays in this collection set out to examine the images and themes revealed in his poetry and fiction. Topics include the role of rebirth and resurrection, the presence of faith in the poems, masculinity and gender, and race in the South.

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Overview

The South has a long tradition of great writers who remain in the South, transforming the local landscape into a universal one. Currently Poet Laureate of Georgia, David Bottoms is one of the South's most revered poets. The fifteen critical essays in this collection set out to examine the images and themes revealed in his poetry and fiction. Topics include the role of rebirth and resurrection, the presence of faith in the poems, masculinity and gender, and race in the South.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786447299
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/22/2010
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Walsh is the author of four other books and has published in Five Points, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Flannery O'Connor Review, The Kenyon Review, Verse, Poets & Writers, Shenandoah, AWP Chronicle, Kestrel, and others. He is a Ph.D candidate at Georgia State.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Editor's Note 1

Introduction: "At the Still Point" W. A. Sessions Sessions, W. A. 7

1 The Vigilant Words of David Bottoms Dave Smith Smith, Dave 11

2 The Evolution of the GOB Aesthetic Fred Chappell Chappell, Fred 27

3 Amazing Grace: The Aesthetics of a Spiritual Quest Ernest Suarez Suarez, Ernest 45

4 Fishing from the Poetry Boat: A Conversation Marshall Bruce Gentry Gentry, Marshall Bruce 57

5 "If It Touches Us, It Touches Us": The White Southern Male Struggle with Race Jane Hill Hill, Jane 71

6 Warbling with TV in the Backgroud Robert W. Hill Hill, Robert W. 87

7 A Real Mix: Rebirth and Gender in Easter Weekend Marshall. Bruce Gentry Gentry, Marshall. Bruce 94

8 Sings from My Fathers David Baker Baker, David 106

9 The Logic of the Original Dream William Walsh Walsh, William 120

10 The Rolling Circle: Memory and Maturity Edward Byrne Byrne, Edward 136

11 Searching for the Kingdom of Heaven: A Spiritual Jouney Michael Sowder Sowder, Michael 155

12 "Up Toward Light": Resurrection, Transfiguration, Metamorphosis, and Evolution in Armored Hearts Don Russ Russ, Don 176

13 The Onion's Dark Core Ernest Suarez Suarez, Ernest 187

14 To Own My Father's Name: Not Hiding the Masculine Jane Hill Hill, Jane 204

15 Grueling Miracle: Faith in Middle Age Laurence Lieberman Lieberman, Laurence 240

Contributors 269

Index 273

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