New York, NY: Ecco (2016)
First Edition. Signed.
Fine in dust jacket.
A collection of haunting lyricism that evokes the beauty and hardship
of the rural South, by a revered American master of letters—the
award-winning, bestselling author of the novels Serena, Something Rich and Strange, and
Above the Waterfall.
In this incandescent, profound, and accessible collection, beloved
and award-winning poet, novelist, and short-story writer Ron Rash
vividly channels the rhythms of life in Appalachia, deftly capturing the
panoply of individuals who are its heart and soul—men
and women inured to misfortune and hard times yet defined by tremendous
fortitude, resilience, and a fierce sense of community.
In precise, supple language that swerves from the stark to the
luminous, Rash richly describes the splendor of the natural landscape
and poignantly renders the lives of those dependent on its bounty—in
cotton mills and tobacco fields, farmlands and forests.
The haunting memories and shared histories of these people—their
rituals and traditions—animate this land, and are celebrated in Rash’s
crystalline, intensely imagined verse.
With an eye for the surprising and vivid detail, Ron Rash powerfully
captures the sorrows and exaltations of this wondrous world he knows
intimately. Illuminating and indelible, Poems demonstrates his rich talents and confirms his legacy as a standard-bearer
for the literature of the American South.