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Working the Dirt: An Anthology Paperback – October 1, 2003


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NewSouth (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588381315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588381316
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,680,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the seat of a tractor to the seat of a car driven in search of a peach stand, the poems gathered here deal with dirt, toil, memory, history, and bliss. Horne carefully selected and sequenced the more than 100 poems in this collection within a thematic structure, and is clearly blown away by the individuality of the voices and poetic talents. Determined to present the South from many viewpoints, all of which reveal its roughness, beauty, and agrarian tradition, she has included time-honored poets such as Randall Jarrell and Wendell Barry, contemporary poets such as Naomi Shihab Nye and Ellen Bryant Voigt, and such lesser-known poets as Sallie Nixon and Coppie Green. The book's strongest section is titled "Strong Women," wherein such poems as Richard Jackson's "Morning Glory" absolutely shine with emotion, perception, and transformation. Working the Dirt is an apt title for an anthology that celebrates the soil and richly sings the songs of numerous southern poets. Janet St. John
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"Jennifer Horne's love of gardening and poetry has borne marvelous fruit in this tasteful collection." -- Mobile Register, January 4, 2004

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Foster J. Dickson on March 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
This anthology of poems is not just a good topical anthology, but as a teacher I have used it on many occasions to teach poetry. So much of 20th century has questionable themes or language where one word can disqualify a poem from being taught in a junior high or high school classroom. The poems in this book are well written, by recognizable poets - e.g. Wendell Berry - and are topically suitable and chronologically relevant for the classroom.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ted Parkhurst on February 10, 2004
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This book arrived on my desk just as the depression (over having finished Billy Collin's wonderful anthology, Poetry 180)set in. This was the perfect antidote. The editor has included some of my favorite contemporaries (Naomi Shihab Nye!) as well as a host of classic Southern poets (Wendell Berry, Robert Penn Warren, etc.). I devoured it in two nights. If there were six stars, I'd give this one all six.
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