Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio

Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio


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Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio includes some of the best regional poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from forty contemporary writers, both established and up-and-coming. The wide range of material from authors such as David Baker, Don Bogen, Michelle Burke, Richard Hague, Donald Ray Pollock, and others, offers the reader a window into daily life in the region. The people, the landscape, the struggles, and the deepest undercurrents of what it means to be from and of a place are revealed in these original, deeply moving, and sometimes shocking pieces.

The book is divided into four sections: Family & Folks, The Land, The Grind, and Home & Away, each of which explores a different aspect of the place that these authors call home. The sections work together beautifully to capture what it means to live, to love, and to die in this particular slice of Appalachia. The writing is accessible and often emotionally raw; Every River on Earth invites all types of readers and conveys a profound appreciation of the region's character.

The authors also offer personal statements about their writing, allowing the reader an intimate insight into their processes, aesthetics, and inspirations. What is it to be an Appalachian? What is it to be an Appalachian in Ohio? This book vividly paints that picture.

Every River on Earth

David Lee Garrison

I look out the window and see

through the neighbor's window

to an Amish buggy

where three children are peeping back,

and in their eyes I see the darkness

of plowed earth hiding seed.

Wind pokes the land in winter,

trying to waken it,

and in the melting snow

I see rainbows and in them

every river on earth. I see all the way

to the ocean, where sand and stones

embrace each falling wave

and reach back to gather it in.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821421291
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 01/15/2015
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Neil Carpathios is an award-winning poet and author of three full-length poetry collections, as well as several chapbooks. He teaches at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, where he also serves as coordinator of creative writing.

Table of Contents

Foreword Donald Ray Pollock ix

Introduction Neil Carpathios xi

I Family and Folks

Mirror, Brush & Comb Roy Bentley 3

Far 4

A Night in 1962 6

Folding Tables and Five-Card Stud David Lee Garrison 7

Peace in a Primitive Place Beverly Zeimer 9

Ohio Lightning Jean Musser 10

Stubborn Roots Preston Martin 11

Enough to Go Around Beverly Zeimer 12

The Offer Ed Davis 14

The Farmer's Wife's Vacation Janet Ladrach 28

Watching My Neighbor in His Fields Jeanne Bryner 29

A Clear Path Julie L. Moore 31

The Way Things Are Cathryn Essinger 32

August 1976: Bertha Welcomes Me to the Neighborhood Jeanne Bryner 34

Outside David Baker 36

In Memorium: Ginger Benjamin S. Grossberg 38

Written on a Big Cheap Postcard from the James Wright Festival in Martins Ferry, Ohio, 1999 Diane Kendig 41

Remembering James Wright Michael Waterson 43

II The Land

Ohio Hills Sue Lonney 47

Beside Spring Creek Cathryn Essinger 48

Someday, the sycamores… 50

Sycamore Country Richard Hague 52

Not Children Benjamin S. Grossberg 57

Chipmunk a peripheral imposition… Brian Richards 58

Twenty years ago red maple saplings wound… 58

Walking the creek bed he picked up a siltstone fragment nickel… 58

Box Ivars Balkits 60

Hallows Eve Scott Urban 61

Too Many David Baker 62

Cardinals Don Bogen 64

Horse Loquela Michelle Y. Burke 65

Market Day 66

The Poet Performs in the Theater of Cows Julie L. Moore 67

Wine Tasting Nine A.M. Christopher Citro 68

Every River on Earth David Lee Garrison 69

III The Grind

In Line for the Cashier Laura Madeline Wiseman 73

South of the Train Tracks 75

Everything Must Go Joel Peckham 76

Coming Home Michael Henson 78

The Last Shot Christina Jones 87

Patriotics David Baker 94

Destroying New Boston Brooks Rexroat 96

The Jesus Eights Donald Ray Pollock 106

Psalm 96 Joel Peckham 116

IV Home and Away

To the Young Man Living on the Fourteenth Floor, Missing the Hills of Appalachia Cathy Cultice Lentes 121

The Stars in Shawnee Dallas Woodburn 122

Reading James Wright during a Louisiana Afternoon Thunderstorm Realize There Are Worse Places to Live Than Zanesville, Ohio Mark Allen Jenkins 129

A Ride Don Gogen 130

The Friday Night Dance Ronald D. Giles 131

The Girls Play Dress-Up Pyrotechnicalities Myrna Stone 150

Painting Portsmouth Tanya Bomsta 151

Kathleen's Talent Herbert Woodward Martin 156

Route 4 David Lee Garrison 157

Portrait of Southern Ohio in 5-Syllable Road Signs Adam Sol 159

In This Reality, You Exit at the Next McDonald's for Fries and a Shake Christopher Citro 160

You Just Sit There Dreaming 161

The Fair Hayley Hughes 162

caution: do not use with mono devices Jennifer Schomburg Kanke 176

Moving to Adams County, 1973 Lianne Spidel 177

Visiting Ohio Jean Musser 178

Tourist Brochure for Athens, Ohio Rebecca J. R. Lachman 180

Caught Up in Summer Janet Ladrach 182

Author Biographies and Commentaries 183

Permissions 195

Discussion Questions 197

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