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Applewhite's insights alternate between subtle and stark as he mediates on three interrelated themes; the World War II-era absent father; the legacy of ...
Applewhite's insights alternate between subtle and stark as he mediates on three interrelated themes; the World War II-era absent father; the legacy of racism; and the shift from an agrarian society to a technological one. Representing a lineage that includes slaveholders, tobacco farmers, and a great-grandfather wounded at Chancellorsville, he deconstructs racist mythologies and identifies the leading and misleading of the nation into military triumph, space flight, and tragedy by such problematic father figures as Henry Ford, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Wernher von Braun.
Applewhite also reimagines the flawed past as a basis for a more livable future-the restoration of a missing voice in the harmonizing of opposed elements in the South's historical consciousness. As described in the book's pivotal poem, "The Deed," after selling his father's farm, he lays to rest the guilt of inheritance and relocates "rootedness" to a home shared with his wife beside the Eno River in northern Durham County.
James Applewhite has received the Associated Writing Programs Contemporary Poetry Prize and the American Academy and Institute of Arts and letters Jean Stein Award in Poetry, among other honors. He is the author of eight previous poetry books, most recently Daytime and Starlight, and is professor of English at Duke University.
|The Word Father||1|
|Quartet for Three Voices||2|
|Timothy McVeigh at Heaven's Gate||3|
|Snapshot of Jonquils||6|
|The Headlines Fade||9|
|A Fictive World||10|
|Imagining Kitty Hawk||14|
|Conversation in Faculty Commons||15|
|The Wizard of Oz||20|
|Control Line Model||22|
|At Greenfield Village||29|
|The F-117 Nighthawk at Wright-Patterson||31|
|Space at the Table||34|
|Bells for Cecilia||37|
|War Surplus Machine: A Dream||38|
|Rehearsal in Wallace Wade Stadium||42|
|Reading the Stars||43|
|White Lake Last Light||45|
|The Southerner in Space after Death||46|
|The Book of Evening||49|
|Yates Mill Wheel||50|
|Upstream from the Little River Reservoir||52|
|A Chorus for Children's Voices||54|