It has been experienced many times that mountain people
live where they do because that is where and how they
prefer to live.
—A History of the Daniel Boone National Forest
1770-1970, U.S. Forest Service

Somewhere along the way to being
must also be belonging, because
being is not an isolation
or even some distinction, but
to be a part, and a part becomes
distinct by being home, provided
home is the land, varied, changing

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Maurice Manning’s most recent books are The Gone and the Going Away, his fifth collection of poems, and The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, co-edited with Eleanor Wilner. A former Guggenheim fellow, Manning has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and is a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers. He teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

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