Item description for The Well String by Silas House Noel Smith...
In an Appalachia both dark and light, a place described by poet Noel Smith as "this soft country of tough harvests," the reader comes to know a cast of vivid characters. THE WELL STRING is not only a poetry collection, but a novel in poems - focusing on one fictional family over a span of more than 100 years. Novelist Silas House, in the book's foreword, calls THE WELL STRING "a journey of wonders," "a powerful book," and "a gift." House adds, "Many of the characters in THE WELL STRING are so haunting that we might never forget them," noting that Smith also "captures the natural world, which she knows has 'always the song of the Redbird, like a silver drop.'" Novelist Lee Smith describes THE WELL STRING as "highly charged with intensity and originality, yet oddly familiar somehow, as if it has actually happened to us." Poet and novelist Ron Rash calls the book "vividly rendered ... excellent" and "utterly convincing," concluding that "THE WELL STRING is a significant contribution to Appalachian Literature." (www.MotesBooks.com)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
ISBN 193489401X ISBN13 9781934894019
Availability 68 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 21, 2016 06:19.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Well String?
Beautiful, Portrait of a region and a way of life Jul 2, 2008
I used to go to Kentucky often to visit my folks down there, and it's a particular people and they have their ways. Noel Smith really knows the folks and how they think and talk. This work is deceptively simple but is really very thoughtful without being patronizing to the folks in the poems or their lives. I like the image of a porch with "chairs of oak and hickory, lurching toward each other, frozen in their wooden arguments." Her poems are full of images that catch you and make you see. Most of the poems are stories. Funny, sad, lyrical. Really nice to read out loud too.
The Well String Mar 12, 2008
One of the most intriguing and revelatory books of poetry I've ever read! Noel Smith speaks with a voice too few of us have heard before = that of the Appalachian mountain people = different, colorful and truly American. These people now are modern with a heritage going back to pioneer days. Smith has captured it all = their history, their intimacies, their hopes, their language. A remarkable collection of poetry.