Out of the South: Poems

Out of the South: Poems

by Neal Bowers

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807128183
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

For the South1
The Future2
Singing Dixie4
Integrations5
White, U.S.A.7
Death Sentence9
Welcome11
A Legacy12
Addie's Story14
Remnants15
Driving Lessons16
The Secret Place18
Lost in the Vicinity19
The Dare20
Spells21
Heroics22
Faith23
A Word with My Father24
Hymns25
Confederates27
Dead Man Interview28
Communications29
"More Light!"30
Black Walnuts31
Night Builder32
Tenth-Year Elegy33
Out of the South34
Different44
Minding46
The Passed47
For the Ego48
The Philosophy of Metaphor49
Dusk50
Flight51
Migratory Patterns52

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