Planted by the Signs: Poems

Planted by the Signs: Poems

by Misty Skaggs

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Planted by the Signs brings us the contemporary Appalachian poetry—cultivated in the dirt of Elliott County, Kentucky—of Misty Skaggs. With an eye for details that exquisitely balance personal and social observation to communicate volumes, she tells the stories of generations of women who have learned to navigate a harsh world with a little help from the Farmers’ Almanac and the stars. The collection is separated into three sections that reference the best times to grow and harvest. Knowing and following these guidelines—planting by the signs—could mean the difference between prosperity and tragedy in the lives of Appalachian families.

Personal, political, and passionate, Planted by the Signs also explores what it means for Skaggs to care for her great-grandmother at the end of her life. Color photos by the poet further showcase her sidelong and fierce outlook. The images and poems together deliver an intimate look into the day-to-day reality of a backwoods woman embracing barefooted radicalism in the only place she could call home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821446805
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Misty Skaggs was born and raised in the backwoods of Eastern Kentucky. She still lives in and works from a holler in Elliott County, where she tends to her poetry, her Mamaw, and her garden. Skaggs is an artist and activist as well as an author and editor, and her Appalachian roots are tightly entangled with all of her work.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface When the Signs Are in the Head Wet Dew The Home Cemetery Churched I’d Melt Oatmeal Cookie Communion Uncle Charlie Loves You Jump Rope Jitters The Strikeout Regenerate Single-Wide Self-Care The Banty Boy Creosote Sunrise Distress Call Charmed and Charming Timber Lawless The Criminal Heart and Hearth Picture Day Small Talk War amid the Cabbage Celestial Midnight Snack Big City Surprise When the Signs Are in the Breast The Call of the Creek Bank Pulling Plants Peach Blossoms Breaking Beans Kentucky Heat Charlie and Lovel Not Much of a Mommy Babies Having Babies The Holy Trinity The Scanner Lovel Gets the Last Word How Not to Act Right Ode to the Bethany House Babysitting An Aria for Isonville Daddy Issues You Might Drown Mongrels Roadwork Ahead Royalty Scorpion Tattoo Stubby Honky-Tonk Dreams Cat Person Goodnight, Gramaw Gooseberries Mommy and Mamaw and Them When the Signs Are in the Reins Breathing Ghosts In the Dark Bitter Berries Accidents Bless Her Heart Hard to Swallow The Art of Falling Apart The Rain Going Shedding Super Moon Giveaway Truck Stop Strangers The Lilac Bush Wood Paneling Blooms and the Blood Attempted Escape Powerball Power Play From around Here Picnicking with the Dead

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