By Kathryn Stripling Byer
Navigating the harmful currents of kinfolk and race, Kathryn Stripling Byer's 6th poetry assortment confronts the legacy of southern reminiscence, the place too frequently "it's more secure to stick blind."
Beginning with "Morning Train," a reaction to Georgia blues musician priceless Bryant, Byer sings her approach via a look for id, recalling the hardscrabble lives of her kinfolk within the series "Drought Days," and dealing with her inheritance as a white southern girl turning out to be up amid racial department and violence. The poet encounters her personal naive complicity in southern racism and demanding situations the narrative of her fatherland, the "Gone with the Wind" mythology that also haunts the region.
Ultimately, Descent creates a delicate reconciliation among previous and current, calling over and over to have a good time being, as within the book's remaining manifesto, "Here. the place I am."
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Descent: Poems by Kathryn Stripling Byer