Friday, March 23, 2018

Child of Appalachia by Luther Kirk

This collection of poems is replete with autobiographical glimpses into one Appalachian boy’s childhood. Its pages resonate with coming of age stories, reflections of dreams deferred, innocence, beginnings as well as endings, and remembrances of things past. It highlights the strength of family and the power of nurture over nature. 

REVIEW:

“In these poems, Luther Kirk works his magic with a distinct Southern voice and vigorous, refreshing language.  We hear screened door slaps, the clank of cowbells, the rattle of a death breath.  These poems explore with honesty the intricacies of family and place— where we’re from, where we’re going.  Child of Appalachia is a superb book indeed.  What makes this book so superb is Luther Kirk's clear head and open heart.  He is a powerful storyteller.”
                                                                                   
~ Judy Goldman, author of Losing My Sister: A Memoir


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

"The eleventh of twelve children born and raised in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, military service bore me far from home but opened doors to a career in education--teacher, principal, and professor. Upon retirement, I decided to try my hand at creatively writing about my people--the Appalachians. I currently reside in Virginia with my wife of forty years Katy and my Cairn Terrier, Bessie Rose." 

32 pages, 24 poems

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