publication date: 10/15/2013
trim: 9 x 6
price (paper): $16.95
ISBN (paper): 978-1-936747-66-5
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In an extraordinarily
diverse anthology of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic narratives by contemporary Appalachian writers, Red Holler
takes us over and beyond the stock imagery of rural mountain communities. We travel into housing projects, forest-stripped ravines, and trailer high-rises, exploring the vibrant hometown and migrant traditions of Appalachian cultures. Editors John E. Branscum and Wayne Thomas have assembled a collection spanning ten years and the mountain range from Mississippi to New York, placing fresh new voices alongside widely known and celebrated authors. From Native American myth, African American urban legend, folk culture, and European ghost stories, this is an anthology of disenfranchised, yet robust peoples. The stories and poems of Red Holler
elegantly cohere to perfectly depict what makes Appalachia so fascinating: its irreverent and outlaw challenges to mainstream notions of propriety and convention.
Heaven, by Paula Bohince
The heifer grazing by her lonesome
has gold in her mouth, and the mark of lightning
on her forehead.
Who doesn't believe in heaven?
Quicksilver thrushes form a chain
in the stable's eaves; the mosquito drags
her spindly legs across the trough,
shivering as lichen catches,
her engine purring in perfect voice.
Even my little pink house, sliding off the hill,
wants to be caught.
"Buy this book, it's a barn burner!"