By bell hooks
Writer, activist, feminist, instructor, and artist bell hooks is well known as one of many nation's major intellectuals. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, hooks drew her exact 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 in all 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 way of her youth within the remoted hills and hidden hollows of Kentucky. without delay meditative, confessional, and political, this poignant quantity attracts the reader deep into the adventure 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 id whereas additionally celebrating that that is consistent, firmly rooted in a spot that's now not complete.
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Fly high dreaming bird higher and higher on the wire of time no road blocks no stopping to think through why wings flap what makes the worthy soar only this pure heaven right now sky high 54 45. 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.
Fierce winter cold mind whispers a lost landscape telling stories of how it was then seated near fire drinking homemade spirits sake and brandy wine spirits bring contentment for a time carry us closer to the sacred moving through bitterness our yearning to hold on to moments of ecstasy where we imagine we hear clearly destiny calling 44 35. winds of fate take the air push it past the known in this world of nature no one can undo mystery abounds harsh cold burns skin fire waits raging tempests sweep us carry us toward destiny recorded written down past present future change comes 45 36.
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. bring Buddha to rest home in Kentucky hills that outside each window a light may shine not a guilt teaching tradition be balanced know loving kindness end suffering rejoice in the oneness of life then let go carry nothing on your back travel empty as you climb steep mountain paths 33 24.
Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by bell hooks