By bell hooks
Writer, activist, feminist, instructor, and artist bell hooks is well known as one of many nation's top intellectuals. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, hooks drew her distinctive pseudonym from the identify of her grandmother, an clever and strong-willed African American lady who encouraged her to face up opposed to a dominating and repressive society. Her poetry, novels, memoirs, and children's books mirror her Appalachian upbringing and have her struggles with racially built-in faculties and unwelcome authority figures. one among Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Can swap Your Life," hooks has gained vast acclaim from critics and readers alike. In Appalachian Elegy, bell hooks keeps her paintings as an imagist of life's harsh realities in a set of poems encouraged by way of her early life within the remoted hills and hidden hollows of Kentucky. straight away meditative, confessional, and political, this poignant quantity attracts the reader deep into the event of residing in Appalachia. concerning such subject matters because the marginalization of its humans and the environmental degradation it has suffered through the years, hooks's poetry quietly elegizes the gradual lack of an identification whereas additionally celebrating that that's consistent, firmly rooted in a spot that's now not complete.
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When trees die all small hearts break little living creatures happy and safe uprooted now in need of finding new places when home cracks and breaks and falls all life becomes danger how to find another place where all is not yet barren 28 19. all fields of tobacco growing here gone now man has made time take them surrendered this harsh crop to other lands countries where the spirit guides go the way of lush green leaving behind the scent of memory tobacco leaves green yellow brown plant of sacred power shining beauty return to Appalachia make your face known 29 20.
No crops grow when dense clay dirt packed solid defies all manmade intent to destroy let a blessing come here let earth heal and rejoice she has here mother of grace and constancy wild roses bloom scatter these hills with beauty that does not linger offering still the promise of healing and return 21 12. mud sliding down wet can do this make danger fall upon us turn the pure in heart away no water for holy cleansing no water for drying thirst just black death smothering earth soot after fire 22 13.
Burning pain has its own rhythm back and back shaking the foundation of trees once strong brought down by fire by fierce want uprooted all solid familiar ground naked now going once going twice leaving damaged and broken unending blackness 40 31. returning to sacred places where all is one embraced belonging an intense field of possibility wondrous goodness fills the air grant us great spirits another chance to reclaim and nurture earth glorious sky divine water in everyday the blessing of weather offering change a constant passing of life into death and back again 41 32.
Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by bell hooks