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Universal Issues written in Southern Poetry
Reviewed in the United States on October 21, 2019
I read this after reading Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek. This author knows how to turn a phrase. She also knows how to construct constant interest for people who like to read literature and live a common life (most of us). She describes the hardest, harshest environment just as it is without being crude, crass or shocking. Her point is to hit your soul. She just describes it as it is--but she does the same with the most precious parts of life, the small things, the senses, memories, and sentiments we all have. It isn't just about the South, it's about universal issues using Southern language, and in her case, Southern poetry. I really liked this well enough to then read The Sisters of Glass Ferry and I am going to read Liar's Bench as well. There are also some really well-thought out depictions of how violence starts, escalates and harms a culture as well as how people can free themselves from it with a little help from others and above.