A book of poems, set in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, that draws on family history and historical chronicles. This is a companion volume to North of Deep Fork: A Lincoln County Farm Family in Hard Times, 1891-1941. The price of the two books together comes to $18.91, which is also the year of the Land Run.
Wayne Pounds, author of four chapbooks of poetry and four decades of academic essays, teaches in Japan, where he has lived for twenty-five years. Like its companion volume, this book is born of family affection and intends to preserve ancestral memories, the stories of the people the author grew up among. Stories, he states, give us a world and a way of understanding the world. The stories I heard lengthened my memory, stretching it back and stitching it seamlessly into the past so that I could never find where my earliest first-hand memories ended and my second-hand recollection of what I had heard began. Here was the first impulse to record family history, and the source of the desire to preserve some of these stories for future generations whose parents, their memories curtailed by television, would have fewer to tell.