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By Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan has gained approval for sonorous poems rooted in his local Blue Ridge Mountains that characteristic taut, forceful, usually haunting imagery and thoroughly chiseled words. The poems in Terroir construct on his previous paintings yet achieve out in numerous new instructions, exploring reminiscence, kinfolk narratives, the flora and fauna of timber and wooded area animals, and the poetry of labor. Readers of Morgan's fiction will realize many locations, issues, and voices, whereas enthusiasts of his poetry will see a clean power in poems drawing on technology and folklore, local American background, and track. those elegantly written poems rejoice every little thing from the bonds of friendship and group to the fleeting sparkle of a drop of rain, getting to know ask yourself within the neighborhood and regular, the sacred within the daily.

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The bare soles in snow could be like toes that step on beds of coals in mystical ceremonies to teach that brain and nerves are loose above the pain’s immensity. LAND STEALER the 1st surveyors at the western lands around the mountains saved their compass concealed, for Indians may kill a hunter yet much more likely take his furs and hides and rifle, then permit him pass; yet an individual with a compass, which Shawnees referred to as “land stealer,” used to be there to degree earth and draw the land and mark the bounds of a declare to strip and settle. The glossy software seemed a pool within which the land thief regarded to discover the secrets and techniques of destiny use and possession. The needle could quiver, flick its glittering tongue, and break up the land in items; scariest of all, the tiny blade might tremble in a trance, aligned with a few a long way far away strength unseen past the clouds, past the north horizon, distant as nice white leader past the ocean who claimed the grass on which 1000 sires had hunted, fought and danced and died, used to be his by way of correct divine, by way of secret ceremony of royalty. It used to be the heavy jewel in hand that held the dart that introduced the lethal medication, besides diseases innumerable. SNAKES within the ATTIC The attics of previous homes end up the ideal lairs for blacksnakes, modern blue racers, and ratcatchers too. They climb via partitions and air vents, reside in gloom and darkness simply to dinner party on mice and rats and birds up there, so quiet that almost all folks don’t comprehend we host them within the loft other than a graceful above us past due at evening, a rasp of scale and nail around the ceiling while the home continues to be, as yet one more thief is snared in ebony jaws and swallowed through the resident yet unseen undercover agent. The serpent within the house above’s not more a tempter than a dove, and blameless as these under. HOLY CUSSING while the main severe revival swept the mountains only a century in the past, individuals defined the shouts and barks in unknown tongues, the jerks of these who attempted to climb the partitions, the holy dance and chuckle. yet strangest are experiences of what was once referred to as the holy cuss. occasionally a guy who spoke in tongues and leapt for pleasure may holiday into an avalanche of cursing that may stun with brilliance and period. those who heard could say the Holy Spirit spoke as from a whirlwind. phrases burned at the air like chains of dynamite. The listeners have been transfigured, and felt real touch and real presence then, as though the surprise of unexpected and blasphemous profanity broke via past the succeed in of prayer and tune and hollo to reply to heaven’s anger with its echo. OVERHEARD The gate that swings in wind within the excessive pasture turns out to haven't in basic terms its personal rhythm yet its personal speed, its personal cadence and voice. from time to time the gate groans, then will shout as gusts shock, and fade to cricket stillness. yet within the milder breeze the gate talks to itself, mumbles unusual words as if meditating (now lowing herds are long past) which method it desires to sing and what it desires to utter, in mourning, or laughter. hearing THE CLOCK The outdated timekeeper in its field, an heirloom with a lisp and limp, is going scratching out the seconds, dry, as though time have been an itch it needed to solution to.

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