Southbound: Interviews with Southern Poets
University of Missouri Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
"There's a real flowering, I think, of southern poetry right now, ... assembling at the edges of everything. "This observation by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright reflects upon the continuing vibrancy and importance of the southern poetic tradition. Although the death of James Dickey in 1997 left southern poetry without a recognizably dominant voice, an array of other vibrant voices continue to be heard and recognized. Southbound: Interviews with Southern Poets provides a glimpse of the many poets who promise to keep southern poetry vital into the twenty-first century.
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