Listening to a Recording of Edden Hammons Playing “General Washington’s March”

The guitarist is clearly out of his depth,
adequate, sure – skilled even – but he isn’t
standing on the same earth as the fiddler,
and the fiddler isn’t standing on the earth

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Doug Van Gundy teaches in the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he also directs the undergraduate Honors Program. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in The Oxford American, Poems & Plays, Ecotone, Fretboard Journal, and Poetry Salzburg Review. He is also an award-winning fiddler and banjo player and performs as part of the old-time duo, Born Old.

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