By bell hooks
Writer, activist, feminist, instructor, and artist bell hooks is well known as one of many nation's prime intellectuals. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, hooks drew her distinct 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 colleges and unwelcome authority figures. one among Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Can swap Your Life," hooks has received extensive 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 means of her early life within the remoted hills and hidden hollows of Kentucky. without delay meditative, confessional, and political, this poignant quantity attracts the reader deep into the event of dwelling in Appalachia. relating 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 sluggish lack of an id whereas additionally celebrating that that's consistent, firmly rooted in a spot that's not entire.
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Barren broken hill once a place of possibility now only remnants old glory gone heritage sullied with hate ancestors indigenous and dark held captive by soldiers and greed by bloody conquest battlefields where the dead live unclaimed not mourned histories buried forgotten lost to a world of cover-ups ghosts return to these hills to grieve cry out lamentations mourning the desecration of earthbound bodies ghosts gather here make promises of resurrection and return 55 46.
Stained black Kentucky oak plank fences mark boundaries ghost riders where the dead live on the edge of time slaves worked here long ago caressing horse flesh breathing shared dreams cared for them when witnessing the breaking of yet another animal spirit born to be wild and free a bond forged whisper to forgotten souls run run go as fast as you can run run seek an end to bondage 47 38. toward light each bird flies higher then higher then swooping down as though to plummet as though air a net to catch and comfort who can fear earth who can fear sky when faced with an infinite possibility each moment given a chance to soar to enter beyond 48 39.
Heavy heart as fallen snow bringing behind wet damp darkness small dreams coming true green coming from seeds planted long ago draw from this winter death courage to go on in the face of white cold see past this all-surrounding whiteness that beyond there is hope that sorrow ends 52 43. when the dawn is still almost dark I rise restless watch the morning come sly slow movement into light from shadow play an unveiling inside this dark heart a yearning to live as nature lives surrendering all 53 44.
Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by bell hooks