gilbert Allen. Catma. Evansville, ind.: measure Press, 2014. 93 pages. hardcover. $20.00. Allen's latest poetry collection is full of wit, wordplay, and humor. These poems see his poking affectionate fun at rednecks, retirees, religious fanatics, academics, and politicians, to name but a few targets of his wry pen. John Branscum and wayne Thomas, editors. Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature. louisville, ky.: Sarabande Books, 2013. 256 pages. trade paperback. $16.95. This handsome anthology places the span of contemporary Appalachian literature on full display. Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and even graphic narratives are all here, with the work of familiar writers including Ron Rash, Crystal Wilkinson, Karen Salyer McElmurray, and Maurice Manning placed alongside that of emerging voices. richard gilbert. Shepherd: A Memoir. East lansing, mich.: michigan State university Press, 2014. 318 Pages. trade paperback. $24.95 In this thoughtful memoir, Gilbert recounts his decision to move with his family from town to country in Appalachian Ohio, purchasing a farm to breed and sell sheep. But everything is not bucolic--they lose money, their flock faces illness, and Gilbert is haunted by his father's loss of his childhood farm. His family's story of perseverance on the land and among the sheep makes
Appalachian Review – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jul 11, 2014
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