Dismal Rock

ISBN-10: 1932195483

ISBN-13: 9781932195484

Edition: N/A

Authors: Davis McCombs

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The award-winning poet Davis McCombs revisits the landscape of his youth on the tobacco farms of Kentucky in this insightful collection of verse. Initially chronicling events in local and family history, the poems in this book soon widen in scope until they include subjects as diverse as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Elgin Marbles, John Keats, Bob Marley, fatherhood, and fishing. The author's lens is kaleidoscopic, and yet his poems coalesce around important themes that never lose sight of the specific and the personal. Several poems in this volume explore the grief McCombs feels over the loss of local culture as it resonates within the broader context of ecological destruction, imbuing the global with the undeniably personal. The poems in this collection are intimate and real, visceral and immediate, as if McCombs were haunted by them and had no alternative but to give them voice. Currently director of the creative writing program at the University of Arkansas, Davis McCombs attended Harvard University and the University of Virginia and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Ruth Lilly Poetry Foundation, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry 1996, The Missouri Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and his first book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was also the winner of the 2005 Dorset Prize.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Tupelo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 72
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Stripping Room
Gnomon
Lexicon
Nineveh
Nightshade
Tobacco Culture
Liming the Patch
Bat Gaddie and the Centennial Exposition
Transplants
Smoke
Hobart
Nicotiana
Drought
Rain Dog
The Tobacco Economy
The Sharecroppers
Rossetti in 1869
Fishing at Night
Water Tank Cosmogony
Old Munford Inn
The Mist Netters
Black and Yellow Argiope
Honeysuckle
Bob Marley
What Floyd Said
Local Color
Noodling
Salts Cave Revisited
Home
Fossil Fuel
Lique Log Eclogue
Spider Crystal Descent
The Elgin Marbles
A Strange Forbearance
The Mimic Birds
Northtown Well
White Space
Place Names
The Candle
Self-Admonition at Summer Seat
The Last Wolf in Edmonson County
Ola
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