By bell hooks
Writer, activist, feminist, instructor, and artist bell hooks is widely known as one of many nation's major intellectuals. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, hooks drew her designated pseudonym from the identify of her grandmother, an clever and strong-willed African American girl 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 in every of Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Can switch Your Life," hooks has received huge 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. instantly meditative, confessional, and political, this poignant quantity attracts the reader deep into the event of residing in Appalachia. bearing on such issues 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 identification whereas additionally celebrating that that's consistent, firmly rooted in a spot that's now not entire.
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Turtle islands everywhere heads poking out bodies embraced in the world before the coming of the white man a sea of calm where turtles rest on lands breathing life outside water that turtles may play fat succulent slow enchanting us with strength to guard and protect a wall of hardness store dreams of a world without humans a wet world everlasting 31 22. sometimes falling rain carries memories of betrayal there in the woods where she was not meant to be too young she believes in her right to be free in her body free from harm believing nature a wilderness she can enter be solaced believing the power that there be sacred place that there can be atonement now she returns with no fear facing the past ready to risk knowing these woods now hold beauty and danger 32 23.
Equine whispering horses once roaming freely out in the open now live enclosed captured by boundaries of fence and wire manmade domestication horses grazing quietly four-legged buddhas standing in grace forgiving 36 27. sublime shadows of midnight bronze brown in gray white dappled black beauty thunder man of war a dynasty of flesh roaming in the mind’s eye pondering such power harnessed driven preyed upon by human will and desire 37 28. morning dawn mist-covered day dreaming triumph and victory horses gather a herd at the top of the hill bonded whispering souls ready to run speaking a language only they can hear sounds beyond interpretation no heavy rider’s move in this magic time no need to tame and mount all at once they race to reach the beyond 38 29.
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.
Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by bell hooks