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From the Mountain From the Valley - New and Collected Poems - cover

From the Mountain From the Valley - New and Collected Poems

James Still

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky

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“One of our greatest American poets. In particular he has captured the spirit and language of the Appalachian South . . . like no other.” —Lee Smith, New York Times-bestselling author 
 
James Still first achieved national recognition in the 1930s as a poet. Although he is better known today as a writer of fiction, it is his poetry that many of his essential images, such as the “mighty river of earth,” first found expression. Yet much of his poetry remains out of print or difficult to find. 
 
From the Mountain, From the Valley collects all of Still’s poems, including several never before published, and corrects editorial mistakes that crept into previous collections. The poems are presented in chronological order, allowing the reader to trace the evolution of Still’s voice. Throughout, his language is fresh and vigorous and his insight profound. His respect for people and place never sounds sentimental or dated. 
 
Ted Olson’s introduction recounts Still’s early literary career and explores the poetic origins of his acclaimed lyrical prose. Still himself has contributed the illuminating autobiographical essay “A Man Singing to Himself,” which will appeal to every lover of his work. 
 
“Still’s is the distinctive voice of Appalachia, and we are most fortunate to have his best work in this single beautiful volume.” —Louisville Courier-Journal 
 
“Still works in traditional lyric forms and with traditional lyric tools. Rarely does a poem need a second page. The best poems are tight and demonstrate a quiet mastery, even a humble virtuosity.” —Journal of Appalachian Studies

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