Reading ➿ Driving with the Dead Author Jane Hicks –

Reading ➿ Driving with the Dead  Author Jane Hicks – Appalachia Is No Stranger To Loss The Region Suffers Regular Ecological Devastation Wrought By Strip Mining, Fracking, And Deforestation As Well As Personal Tragedy Brought On By Enduring Poverty And Drug Addiction In Driving With The Dead, Appalachian Poet, Teacher, And Artist Jane Hicks Weaves An Earnest And Impassioned Elegy For An Imperiled Yet Doggedly Optimistic People And Place Exploring The Roles That War, Environment, Culture, And Violence Play In Appalachian Society, The Hard Hitting Collection Is Visceral And Unflinchingly Honest, Mourning A Land And People Devastated By Economic Hardship, Farm Foreclosures, And Mountaintop Removal.With Empathy And A Voice Of Experience, Hicks Offers Readers A Poignant Collection Of Poems That Addresses Themes Of Grief And Death While Also Illustrating The Beauty, Grace, And Resilience Of The Appalachian People Invoking Personal Memories, She Explores How The Loss Of Physical Landscape Has Also Devastated The Region S Psychological Landscape.Graphic, Bold, And Heartfelt, Driving With The Dead Is An Honest And Compelling Call To Arms Hicks Laments The Irreplaceable Treasures That We Have Lost But Also Offers Wisdom For Healing And Reconciliation. Hicks creates raw scenes of Appalachia within her poetry, ranging from the 1960s 2000s She addresses every day life, family, and coal mining within her poetry collection For many poems, as a reader who did grow up in E TN, Appalachia, I still felt a generation away from grasping all the meaning she puts into her poems These poems are for the niche of my mother and grandmother easily it takes generations afterwards perhaps a little work to dig through the metaphors and the specific names of people famous during the 70s Yet her poetry easily reminded me of my great grandmother who still lives in the mountains of eastern KY Wh Loved this book another brave and honest female voice coming out of the hills I don t believe the southern region has ever had a stronger, talented, prolific group of female poets This book won the Appalachian Writers Assoc Book of the Year in poetry. I will read and reread this excellent collection.

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