State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love

State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love


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In State of the Heart, Aïda Rogers has crafted an artful love letter to our state, with contributions from a host of nationally and regionally recognized writers who've written short essays on the South Carolina places that they cherish. This anthology provides a multifaceted historical and personal view of the Palmetto State.

Thematically organized, this collection offers a geographic and emotional scope that is as diverse as its contributors. Sportswriters describe beloved arenas; historians reflect on church ruins and forts. A playwright recalls the magic of her first theater experience; a food writer revels in a coastal joint that serves fresh oysters. Backyards, front porches, a small library at a children's home, the drama and camaraderie of building the Savannah River Site, and places that are gone except in the memories of the writers who loved them—these are just a few of the locales covered, all showing how South Carolina has changed and inspired people in a variety of ways.

State of the Heart evokes a sense of history and timelessness by bringing together heartfelt responses to South Carolina locales rooted in memory, drawing on reflection, inspiration, and love. The anthology reveals a state that is more than a playground for tourists; it's a state of human hiding places that echo in the hearts of its literary citizens. Though presented as a book about place, the collection is ultimately about our shared connections to one another, to a complex common past, and to ongoing efforts to frame and build a future of promise and possibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611172515
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 05/10/2013
Series: A University of South Carolina Friends Fund Book Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Aïda Rogers is a writer and editor whose feature journalism has won national and regional awards. She has worked in newspapers, television, and magazines, and with Tim Driggers as coauthors of Stop Where the Parking Lot's Full, a guidebook to South Carolina's favorite restaurants. She lives in Columbia.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Foreword, Pat Conroy xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: When the Peach Trees Bloom xix

The Beckoning

Near the Doorway Marjory Wentworth 3

A Most Unexpected Muse Marjory Wentworth 5

Counters, Barstools and Booths

For the Love of Dogs Amanda Capps 13

"Please Tip the Oysterman," Nathalie Dupree 16

Sipping from the Secret Cup Deno Trakas 21

Chasing Tranquility

Weekend with Sadie Shane Bradley 29

Big Woods John Cely 53

The Heart of the Garden Liz Newall 38

Close to the Clouds Daniel E. Harmon 43

Solace Among the Sycamores Sandra E. Johnson 48

Reflection in the Water Kendall Bell 51

From the Press Box

Where Dreams Rise and Fall Ken Burger 57

When Camelot Came to Columbia Billy Deal 62

Becoming and Overcoming

The Musty Smell of Books Robin Asbury Cutler 71

The Beautiful Ugly, Dianne "Dinah" Johnson 77

Transformation Sam Morton 82

The Beach House Cecile S. Holmes 88

The Ever-Present Past

The Fiery Serpent in the Wilderness Nick Lindsay 99

A Snapshot of My Mother at the Dock Street Ceille Baird Welch 112

Pilgrimage to Sullivan's Island W. Thomas Smith Jr. 117

A Place Called Hobcaw Lee Gordon Brockington 121

Where God is Courteous Steve Hoffius 128


Remembering Keowee: The View Through the Bridge Dot Jackson 135

Blackberries for BMWs Cynthia Boiter 142

The Groins William P. Baldwin III 146

The Upper Broad River: A Pastoral John Lane 154

No Forever for Old Farms J. Drew Lanham 161

Birds, Fish, Water

For the Birds Tom Poland 169

Holy Ground Kirk H. Neely 176

The Comforts of Home

My Quarter Acre of Paradise Horace Mungin 185

A Little Different, a Little the Same Starkey Flythe 190

Home Clair DeLune 195

Tobacco Roads Mary Faddy 200

Mama's House Vennie Deas Moore 204

Backyard Bliss John Hammond Moore 209

Evening Quiet

My Own Place Dori Sanders 215

Contributors 219

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