Thursday, August 15, 2013

Capitol Reads

August's Capitol Read is Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950-1999, edited by Barbara Smith and Kirk Judd.

With insights into Japanese flower gardening and hog butchering, into mother-daughter relations and horse trading, in verse that is wistful or bright or drenched in rural beauty, WIld Sweet Notes surprises and delights...This varied collection of remarkably high poetic quality will enchant readers throughout the English-speaking world.

The editors, longtime aficianados of their state's poetic production and well-established poets in the own right, professed themselves gratified and inspired by the quality they found in an outpouring of submissions. More than one hundred ten living West Virginia poets and some twenty deceased are represented here.

This book will appeal to readers young and old, to students and gardeners, to political activists, to anyone who responds to natural beauty and to truth. Former West Virginia Poet Laureate Irene McKinney has said that poetry is the one form of art that can't "sell out." This book doesn't either.

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