Rooted in the red clay of middle Tennessee and in the lives of working-class people who exalt their southern heritage, the poems in Out of the South look unflinchingly at the life of a poor white boy instilled with a ferocious pride and taught to be a racist. These lyric poems form a coherent narrative that begins in the segerated 1950s and follows its narrator forward into his own separated life. Self-exiled from the place of his birth for nearly a quarter-century, Bowers recalls the blotched history of the region and personal moments that implicate him in a past he wishes to disown. Out of the South is both a penance for decades of silence and an affirmation of an unshakable identity.
Neal Bowers is the author of three previous books of poetry; a novel; and three nonfiction books, including Words for the Taking: The Hunt for a Plagiarist. He lives in Ames, Iowa, with his wife, Nancy.
|Publisher:||Louisiana State University Press|
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Table of Contents
|For the South||1|
|The Secret Place||18|
|Lost in the Vicinity||19|
|A Word with My Father||24|
|Dead Man Interview||28|
|Out of the South||34|
|For the Ego||48|
|The Philosophy of Metaphor||49|