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- DescriptionRobert Morgan's newest collection of poetry is a treasury of snapshots in time, celebrating the past and present in Morgan's native region of western North Carolina and the Green River Valley. Topsoil Road features two parts, the first flowing smoothly from Cherokee history to the arrival of the poet's Welsh forebears; the second eloquently depicting the intricacies of nature and how they are subjected to the world of man.Morgan offers detailed memories of such people and places as the thrush doctor who could heal sickness by blowing into the feverish mouth of a patient, and the Blue Hole -- the deepest, darkest pool to be found in the Green River -- where hundreds of eels would appear once every year.Whether describing the Cherokee chief Attakullakulla in London or the way a zebra spider glides across the sky, Morgan casts each poem with elegance and a rare sense of wonder, turning minute observations of the commonplace into portraits of delicate and amazing beauty. Throughout the collection, his voice and vision remain strong as he employs an impressive range of poetic forms, including pantoums, sonnets, couplets, and blank verse. Morgan's own words may best distill the impression Topsoil Road leaves: each cell / a hex perfect as a swflake, / a sealed relic of sun and time / and roots of many acres fixed in crystal-tight arrays, in rows / and lattices of sweeter latin / from scattered prose of meadow, woods .
- Author BiographyRobert Morgan, Kappa Alpha professor of English at Cornell University, is the author of numerous volumes of poetry and fiction, including the novel Gap Creek and short story collection The Balm of Gilead Tree. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, Atlantic Monthly, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He has received the James B. Hanes Poetry Prize, the North Carolina Award in Literature, and Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for his works, which explore the culture and history of his native North Carolina mountains.
- Author(s)Robert Morgan
- PublisherLouisiana State University Press
- Date of Publication01/11/2000
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationBaton Rouge
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLouisiana State University Press
- Weight104 g
- Width140 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine5 mm
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