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Let’s say every word is precious

Let’s say every word is precious (Part of Living Poem) Let’s say every word is precious.Say every word is precious.Every word is precious.Every word precious.Every word.Word.--Rob Neufeld, Oct. 16, 2018See More
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Metamorphoses (Part of Living Poem)Hear audio: Metamorphoses%20181004_0192.MP3 So Apollo committed the first rape.He’d come back from exterminating Python,The Bane of Humanity, now his arrow-victim,And stopped to mock…See More
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First Drumbeat

First Drumbeat(Part of Living Poem) The time has come.Call it a drum,Or a crumb,What’s left of life. I used to tell a jokeWhen my life was wide,And I was a stud,And not a dud—I knowI’m not a dud.  I’m a dude,A dad.  But everyone mustRebut the dud chargeAt summing up time. Oh yeah, the joke,A trademark one for meIn that it’s not funny. I used to say I’ll never retireFrom writingBecause if I’m ever…See More
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Rob Neufeld replied to Joan Henehan's discussion on Reading Living Poem
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Branch McDowell County Public Library

October 24, 2018 from 4pm to 5pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be launching her new poetry collection A Neighborhood Changes (Finishing Line Press, 2018) at a book presentation and signing to be held at the McDowell County Public Library in Marion on October 24.See More
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"Thanks much, Joan!  I'm trying to get some attention for these poems.  Triple Whammy is def in rap style.  And the beat goes on.  Hugs from me and Bev."
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You might be the first ALS-subject-matter rapper. Add some beats and spread it. the time is now...See More
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More from the World of ALS

More from the World of ALS (Part of Living Poem)    Negotiating steps is like someone who seeksTo emulate a goat on mountain peaks. Crossing a threshold, limping inIs like the valley-walking of an Olympian. A cane and its grip make a fellow stopTo consider the physics of leans and drops. To know how a forefinger grabs and digsImagine your digits are chestnut twigs When a new drug trial notably…See More
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RANDALL KENAN SELECTS NANCY WERKING POLING WINNER OF THE 2018 ALEX ALBRIGHT CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE(31 August 2018)Nancy Werking Poling of Black Mountain is the winner of the 2018 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition for "Leander’s Lies." Poling will receive $1000 from the North Carolina Literary Review, thanks to a generous NCLR reader’s donation that allowed this year’s honorarium to increase (from the previous award of $250). Her winning essay will be published in the North…See More
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Reading audience key: [E] Young children [C] all children [W] children with adult help [M] middle-school students [H] high school students [G] general readers [S] scholars

Contemporary Fiction

• Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (Bantam, 2007). [H,G] Fantasy blooms among women with mundane magical powers; West Asheville author; WNC setting.
• The Days between the Years by Sherry Austin (Overmountain Press
hardcover, Nov. 2007). [H,G] Widowhood brings a world of memories about
her former passionate self to Trixie Goforth, whose voice the author has adopted as a commenter on life.
• Brighten the Corner Where You Are by Fred Chappell (St. Martin’s, 1989) [M,H.G] The 2003 TWR book—a Haywood County teacher has a day of amazing trials.
• Farewell, I’m Bound to Leave You by Fred Chappell (Picador, 1996) [H,G] Mythical stories about women in a family.
• I Am One of You Forever by Fred Chappell [M.H,G] Mythical stories about men in a family.
• Look Back All the Green Valley by Fred Chappell (Picador, 1999) [H,G] The fourth novel in a quartet.
• The Far Family by Wilma Dykeman (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966). [H,G] A mountain family’s imperfect reunion is fraught by a racial incident and a death.
• Return the Innocent Earth by Wilma Dykeman (Wakestone, 1994). [G] One of the masterpieces of fiction about business—based on Dykeman’s husband’s family’s canning company.
• The Gaudy Place by Fred Chappell (LSU Press reprint, 1994) [G] 1950s Asheville is grittily bared.
• The Blue Star by Tony Earley (Little, Brown, 2008). Aliceville continues to be mythologized with Jim as a teen.
• Evenings at Five: A Novel and Five New Stories by Gail Godwin (Ballantine Reader’s Circle edition, 2004). The novella involves a kind of ghost; some of the stories go back to Asheville.
• Evensong by Gail Godwin [Ballantine, 1999]. Sequel to Father Melancholy’s Daughter, zooming in on millennial fever.
• Father Melancholy’s Daughter by Gail Godwin (Morrow, 1991). [G] A spiritual and woman’s odyssey based on an Asheville chapel and community.
• A Mother and Two Daughters by Gail Godwin (Viking, 1981). [H,G] One of Godwin’s fictional Mountain City novels.
• The Odd Woman by Gail Godwin (Random, 1974; Ballantine Reader’s Circle edition, 2005). [H,G] This is the book that cemented Godwin’s reputation as a leading portrayer of woman in modern society.
• A Southern Family by Gail Godwin (Morrow, 1987). A suicide puts a family in turmoil in a town based on Asheville.
• The High-Pitched Laugh of a Painted Lady by Lewis Green (John F. Blair, 1980). Out of print. [G]
• In the Family Way by Tommy Hays (Random, 1999). [H,G] Local literary light’s acclaimed novel about family and racial issues in Greenville S.C.
• The Pleasure Was Mine by Tommy Hays (St. Martin’s, 2005). [H,G] Alzheimer’s Disease affects a family.
• At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon (Lion, 1994; Penguin, 1996). [H,G] The first in the lovable series, featuring Father Tim, a community based on Blowing Rock, and crises.
• In This Mountain by Jan Karon (Penguin Putnam, 2002). [H,G] In the seventh Mitford novel, Father Tim faces his own demons.
• These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon (Viking, 1996). The third novel in the Mitford series involves the taking in of a neglected boy. [H,G]
•  In a Dark Season by Vicki Lane. The fourth Elizabeth Goodweather novel uses the mystery genre to convey a lot of authentic local lore. (Dell mass market paper, May 2008).  [M,H,G]
• The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter by Sharyn McCrumb (Simon & Schuster, 1992). [H,G] Included in the tale are Nora Bonesteel’s Sight; a polluting paper company; and a murder.
• Highland Laddie Done Gone by Sharyn McCrumb (Ballantine, 1992). Sleuth Elizabeth McPherson visits Scottish festival. [G]
• Once around the Track by Sharyn McCrumb (Kensington, 2007). Immersion in NASCAR via a likable driver, all-women crew, and commercial pressures. [M,H,G]
• The Rosewood Casket by Sharyn McCrumb (Dutton, 1996). A burial and mountainside development heighten the drama.
• The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love by Joan Medlicott. [G] First in a series of popular novels about 50-plus women in a community inspired by Barnardsville.
• red woman with backward eyes by MariJo Moore (rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING, 2001). Stories from a contemporary Cherokee woman’s perspective.
•  When the Dead Dream by MariJo Moore (Renegade Planets, Aug. 2008). Character-rich novel about a woman’s movement within two cultures, Cherokee and white; triumphant sequel to The Diamond Doorknob. [H,G]
• The Red Church by Scott Nicholson (Pinnacle Books, 2002). [G] The first of several regionally set stories by noted horror writer.
• Casualties: Stories by Ron Rash (bench Press, 2000). [G]
• Chemistry and Other Stories by Ron Rash (Picador, 2007). [H,G].
• The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth by Ron Rash [H,G]
• One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash (Picador, 2002). [H,G] A murder and a tragedy are viewed by various members of a community.
• Saints at the River by Ron Rash (Holt, 2005). [M,H,G] The 2006 TWR book.
• The World Made Straight by Ron Rash (Henry Holt, 2006). Adolescence, the drug world, and redemption play out in the Shelton Laurel area.
• Oral History by Lee Smith (Ballantine, 1984). A college girl visits her relatives to do an oral history project, and delves into history.
• Saving Grace by Lee Smith (G.P. Putnam’s, 1995). A girl grows up with an itinerant snake-handling, charismatic preacher father, often in Haywood County.
• Remember the Alibi by Elizabeth Daniels Squire (1994; Silver Dagger Mysteries, 2000). [M,H,G] A sleuth who compensates for a bad memory solves crimes in Western North Carolina—one of several locally set mysteries by the author.
• Backside of the Country by Sarah Williams (PublishAmerica trade paper, May, 2007). African-American family chronicle, featuring a heart-of-gold heroine and troubles in society and family, Mississippi to Asheville, 1930s to 1970s. [H,G]
• The Four Lost Men: The Previously Unpublished Long Version by Thomas Wolfe, edited by Arlyn and Matthew J. Bruccoli (U. of South Carolina Press hardcover, July 20, 2008). Story based on Wolfe’s dying father lamenting passing of era as U.S. is about to enter WWI. [H,G,S]
• The Hills Beyond by Thomas Wolfe (1941; LSU press, 2000). [H,G]
• Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe (1929; Simon & Schuster, 2006). [H,G]
• O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life by Thomas Wolfe (U. of South Carolina Press, 2000). The original version of Look Homeward, Angel. [G,S]
• Of Time and The River: A Legend of a Man’s Hunger in His Youth by Thomas Wolfe (1935; Scribner, 1999). [G]
• Thomas Wolfe’s Civil War edited by David Madden (U. of Alabama Pr., 2004). [H,G,S]
• The Web and the Rock by Thomas Wolfe (1939; LSU pr., 1999). [G]
• You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe (1941; Perennial, 1998]. [G]

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