×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Collected Poems
     

From the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Collected Poems

by James Still
 

See All Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 081312199X

ISBN-13: 9780813121994

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

James Still first achieved national recognition in the 1930s as a poet. Although he is better known today as a writer of fiction, it is his poetry that many of his essential images, such as the "mighty river of earth," first found expression. Yet much of his poetry remains out of print or difficult to find.

From the Mountain, From the Valley collects all

Overview

James Still first achieved national recognition in the 1930s as a poet. Although he is better known today as a writer of fiction, it is his poetry that many of his essential images, such as the "mighty river of earth," first found expression. Yet much of his poetry remains out of print or difficult to find.

From the Mountain, From the Valley collects all of Still's poems, including several never before published, and corrects editorial mistakes that crept into previous collections. The poems are presented in chronological order, allowing the reader to trace the evolution of Still's voice. Throughout, his language is fresh and vigorous and his insight profound. His respect for people and place never sounds sentimental or dated.

Ted Olson's introduction recounts Still's early literary career and explores the poetic origins of his acclaimed lyrical prose. Still himself has contributed the illuminating autobiographical essay "A Man Singing to Himself," which will appeal to every lover of his work.

James Still, the first poet laureate of Kentucky, recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and many other awards and honors, is the author of numerous works, including his masterful novel River of Earth.

Ted Olson, associate professor of Appalachian studies and English at East Tennessee State University, is the author of Blue Ridge Folklife and the editor of CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813121994
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Preface1
A Man Singing to Himself: An Autobiographical Essay5
The Poems
Dreams27
Burned Tree28
Fallow Years29
The Bright Road30
Artifacts31
Answer32
Let This Hill Rest33
Lambs34
Swift Were Their Feet35
Wilderness36
Dulcimer37
Horse Swapping38
Mountain Fox Hunt39
Infare40
When the Dulcimers Are Gone41
Reckoning42
Heritage43
Death on the Mountain44
Shield of Hills45
Uncle Ambrose46
Clabe Mott47
The Hill-Born48
Aftergrass49
Child in the Hills50
Passenger Pigeons51
Farm52
Fox Hunt on Defeated Creek53
Foal54
Post Offices55
Earth-Bread56
On Troublesome Creek57
Interval58
Graveyard59
Tracks on Stone60
Coal Town61
Fiddlers' Convention on Troublesome Creek62
Journey Beyond the Hills63
Rain on the Cumberlands64
Dance on Pushback65
I Was Born Humble67
On Redbird Creek68
Pattern for Death69
Yesteryear's People70
A Hillsman Speaks71
Spring72
Hounds on the Mountain73
Horseback in the Rain74
With Hands Like Leaves75
River of Earth76
White Highways77
Court Day78
On Double Creek79
Night in the Coal Camps80
Epitaph for Uncle Ira Combs, Mountain Preacher81
Nixie Middleton82
Come Down from the Hills83
Eyes in the Grass84
On Buckhorn Creek85
Year of the Pigeons86
Where the Mares Have Fed88
A Man Singing to Himself89
Now Has Day Come90
I Shall Go Singing91
Leap, Minnows, Leap92
Morning: Dead Mare Branch93
A Child's Wisdom94
Banjo Bill Cornett95
Fiddle96
Mountain Men Are Free97
Hill-Lonely98
Death in the Hills99
This Man Dying100
Granny Frolic101
Passing of a County Sheriff102
Drought103
Apples104
The Broken Ibis105
Early Whippoorwill106
Abandoned House107
Wolfpen Creek108
Apple Trip109
Funnel Spider110
The Trees in the Road111
Lamp112
Man O' War113
Lizard114
On Being Drafted into the U.S. Army from My Log Home in March 1942115
Candidate116
Winter Tree117
"Welcome, Somewhat, Despite the Disorder"118
Of the Wild Man119
Day of Flowers120
Hunter121
Are You Up There, Bad Jack?122
Visitor123
The Common Crow124
After Some Twenty Years Attempting to Describe a Flowering Branch of Redbud125
On the Passing of My Brother Alfred126
What Have You Heard Lately?127
Madly to Learn128
High Field129
Unemployed Coal Miner130
Apples in the Well131
Death of a Fox132
In My Dreaming133
Here in My Bed134
Yesterday in Belize135
Artist136
Of the Faithful137
Knife Trader138
Truck Driver139
Okra King140
Could It Be141
Of Concern142
Dove143
Here and Now144
Mine Is a Wide Estate145
My Aunt Carrie146
Mrs. Lloyd, Her Rag Sale147
Recollection148
At Year's End149
Those I Want in Heaven with Me Should There Be Such a Place150
My Days151
Bibliography153
Index of Titles161
Index of First Lines164

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews