THIS GONE PLACE, a collection of poems by Lisa J. Parker (published by MotesBooks), explores the complexities of being Appalachian outside Appalachia, in exile among America's cities and universities. It follows the thread of an Appalachian upbringing and the lessons taken from older generations into modern situations far removed from the mountains or the lifestyle of those hills. In the book's foreword, North Carolina poet Michael McFee calls THIS GONE PLACE "a passionate, smart, and beautifully bittersweet first book," noting that Parker's poems about 9/11, "seen from the point of view of 'a Southern girl gone to Manhattan,' are quietly devastating: 'Sycamores' and 'Last and Final Psalm' deserve to be featured in every collection of poetry from that very dark time." Kathryn Stripling Byer, who penned the afterword, says THIS GONE PLACE is "a book that resonates long after you close the covers." Novelist Lee Smith calls THIS GONE PLACE "an extraordinary collection of poems" and remarks that "Lisa writes from the razor edge of double consciousness which is both the gift and curse of the true poet." Honoree Jeffers says THIS GONE PLACE is "brilliant ... stunningly new, yet familiar to the heart as scripture." And Anne Caston declares that Virginian "Lisa Parker is an original voice whose] amazing mind comes through in every poem." www.MotesBooks.com
In this collection of poems, Parker explores the complexities of being Appalachian outside Appalachia, in exile among America's cities and universities.
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