Political pundits never tire of reminding us of the great cultural divide between conservative “red” states and liberal “blue” ones. But common sense tells us that not all people in these states can be politically like-minded. David Starkey, a former red-state resident, wondered what politically progressive creative writers were feeling in the wake of George W. Bush’s reelection. How, Starkey asked contributors, does one live blue in a red state.
This book supplies many answers. Writers as different as Jonis Agee and Stephen Corey, Robin Hemley and Lee Martin (a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist in fiction), Donald Morrill and Wyoming poet laureate David Romtvedt describe what it is like to live in a region that doesn’t always share one’s values. While pointedly progressive, the collection brings together the work of essayists who look beyond the passions of the moment—the war in Iraq, the rallying of the Right around social issues, the Democrats’ failure in 2004—to the need for unity. Sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, always enlightening, these essayists’ views testify to the power of writing to bring us together as one nation of whatever color.
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About the Author
David Starkey is a professor of English at Santa Barbara City College and author of Poetry Writing: Theme and Variations as well as several collections of poetry, most recently Ways of Being Dead: New and Selected Poems.
Contributors include: West: David Romtvedt, Sherry Simpson, Jennifer Sinor, and Frank Soos; Midwest: Jonis Agee, Steve Heller, Robin Hemley, Lee Martin, Michael J. Rosen, and Deb Olin Unferth; South: Gilbert Allen, Sidney Burris, David Case, Stephen Corey, Anthony Kellman, John Lane, Donald Morrill, Jim Peterson, Mona Lisa Saloy, David Starkey, and Angus Woodward
Table of Contents
Part 1. West
1. Another Way of Saying
2. Hauling Water
3. Red Politics and Blue in Wyoming
4. Running in the Red
Part 2. Midwest
5. Election Season
7. Here Was Johnny
8. America, Where's Your Sense of Humor?
Michael J. Rosen
9. Control Issues
10. A Campaign That Failed
Deb Olin Unferth
Part 3. South
11. Playing Debussy in the Heart of Dixie
12. The Kreskin Effect
14. How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Swamp in South Carolina
15. Rescue the Drowning, Tie Your Shoe-Strings
16. P Is For . . .
17. Minority within Minority: Dynamics of Race and Culture in the New South
18. Theater of Operations
19. The World Loves New Orleans, but America Has Not Come to Its Rescue
Mona Lisa Saloy
20. Louisiana's New Political Landscape
Afterword: Writing the Personal Political Essay