Sarah Beth Childers. Shake Terribly the Earth: Stories from an Appalachian Family. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2013. 224 pages. Trade paperback. $24.95. Shake Terribly the Earth, an essay collection by West Virginian Sarah Beth Childers, captures essentials of the memoir genre and the central Appalachian multi-generational familial experience. Her…
Knives with serrated edges, their solid singularity and sureness of purpose; Forks too with fang teeth and slots of air, their habit of piercing—
Amy Greene. Long Man: A Novel. New York, N.Y.: Knopf, 2014. 288 pages. Hardcover. $25.95 In her much-anticipated second novel Long Man, Amy Greene takes up the challenge of creating a fictional account of the removal of citizens from their homes by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the mid-1930s.…
For Thor The early summer swing of a blade Against brier must not trifle with the Wiggling ink of a surprised black snake.
Blaze had run a septic cleaning company for fifteen years, called Blaze’s Sewer Review. His emblem? Dead skunk in a crosshairs above the motto Dirty deeds done dirt cheap!
The venom, he believed, was good for the heart. Like some strange astronaut crossing the yard, he confessed to the bees: the happiness of his marriage, enabling his son’s alcoholism, the man he shot in World War II, the almanac’s weather.
Young lungs strain against the stricture of the life jacket. Ahead my father’s shoulders bob like a long-tailed duck riding, then diving into a ripple.
erased from Allen Tate’s “Remarks on the Southern Religion” the modern southerner inherits a kind of history
Maggie Boylan sat in her place and glared at the judge as hard a glare as she dared to give. But her glare was nothing to him. He kept his eyes on the papers laid out on the bench and he nodded as the lawyers—her lawyer on one side and…