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July 12, 2022
9781950564224
English
74
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July 12, 2022
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July 12, 2022
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Hounds on the Mountain

Poems

First published in 1937, Hounds on the Mountain evokes James Still's personal experiences of eastern Kentucky through reflective folk poems describing Appalachian mountain life from birth through death. Written during the Great Depression, the collection emphasizes a collective reliance on the earth and the primacy of nature that Still observed from the seclusion of his thirty-acre home in Knott County, Kentucky.

Still, who became known as the "Dean of Appalachian Literature," describes the changing landscape of his community as a tale of personal and environmental erosion. As the poet pleads for his readers to better protect this fragile ecosphere, he plants the seeds for his rise to literary eminence. Still's focus on the self-made authenticity of regional community artisans also reminded American readers during the Great Depression that local economies needed support, the same as those at the national and global levels. Hounds on the Mountain allows today's audiences to appreciate Still's first published book as both literature and as a treasured cultural symbol of Appalachian life then and now.

About the Author

James Still (1906–2001) wrote several works of fiction and poetry including River of Earth, The Wolfpen Poems, and From the Mountain, From the Valley.

Reviews

"By its end, what Hounds on the Mountain reminds readers is that often the lessons and observations from the past, and particularly those recorded in poetry, often speak more loudly today than they did in their own time. To read Hounds on the Mountain is to return to a critical point in America's past. However, because of its focus on nature, the collection reads like an environmentalist's poetic plea to the public — that they must consider their individual actions in the context of the environments in which they live, or all will be lost for future generations. In its own right, Hounds on the Mountain is an enduring, necessary manifesto-in-verse and a piece of Appalachian history packaged into thirty-five classic poems."—Nicole Yurcaba, Southern Review of Books

 

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Other Titles by James Still

On Troublesome Creek

James Still
Jul 2022 - Fireside Industries, an imprint of University Press of Kentucky
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text

The Hills Remember

James Still, edited by Ted Olson, OtherTeresa Perry Reynolds
Jul 2022 - University Press of Kentucky
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback

Rusties and Riddles and Gee-Haw Whimmy-Diddles

James Still
Dec 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$15.00 USD - Hardback
$25.00 USD - Electronic book text

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poems by Brian Swann
Mar 2023 - Johns Hopkins University Press
$21.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$21.95 USD - Electronic book text

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Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike
Mar 2023 - University of Alberta Press
$19.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Brother Poem

Will Harris
Mar 2023 - Wesleyan University Press
$15.95 USD - Paperback / softback