From the Back Cover
These poems are beautiful and brave and Anne is brilliant . . . this is the best use of felled trees since the rocking chair. Can't wait to use this book in my classrooms.
---Frank X Walker
Shelby knows how to ponder the sweet-terrible sadness of losing our partents and the old people in our communities. . . . the cycle of life is explored with lyrical tenderness. These are poems for country people, feminists, writers, reformers, academics, town people, neighbors and kin.
When you hear people lament the decline and death of poetry in our time, tell them to read Anne Shelby's superb personalized tour of her Kentucky mountain world where not even the dead are dead.
About the Author
In addition to poetry, Anne Shelby is the author of newspaper columns, plays, essays, and childrens books.
Can A Democrat Get Into Heaven? Politics, Religion, and Other Things You Aint Supposed To Talk About (EvaMedia, 2006) brings together Shelbys popular columns, which have appeared over a number of years in The Lexington Herald-Leader and other Kentucky newspapers.
Her plays, The Lone Pilgrim: Songs and Stories of Aunt Molly Jackson, and The Adventures of Molly Whuppie, based on Eastern Kentucky folk tales, and Passing Through the Garden: The Work of Belinda Mason have been widely produced. Her essays and fiction are included in the University Press of Kentucky collections Back Talk: Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes, Bloodroot: Appalachian Women Writers Reflections on Place, Kentucky Women, and A Kentucky Christmas. She has published five books for children: Potluck, The Someday House, What To Do About Pollution, Homeplace, a School Library Journal Best Book, and We Keep A Store, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.