Poems: New and Selected by Ron Rash

By Ron Rash

A suite of haunting lyricism that conjures up the sweetness and complication of the agricultural South, through a respected American grasp of letters—the award-winning, bestselling writer of the novels Serena, whatever wealthy and Strange, and Above the Waterfall.

In this incandescent, profound, and obtainable assortment, cherished and award-winning poet, novelist, and short-story author Ron Rash vividly channels the rhythms of existence in Appalachia, deftly taking pictures the panoply of people who're its center and soul—men and ladies inured to misfortune and difficult occasions but outlined via great fortitude, resilience, and a fierce feel of community.

In particular, supple language that swerves from the stark to the luminous, Rash richly describes the attractiveness of the average panorama and poignantly renders the lives of these depending on its bounty—in cotton generators and tobacco fields, farmlands and forests. The haunting thoughts and shared histories of those people—their rituals and traditions—animate this land, and are celebrated in Rash’s crystalline, intensely imagined verse.

With an eye fixed for the remarkable and bright aspect, Ron Rash powerfully captures the sorrows and exaltations of this wondrous global he is aware in detail. Illuminating and indelible, Poems demonstrates his wealthy skills and confirms his legacy as a standard-bearer for the literature of the yank South.

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The motion of our hands while talking, starting up a beginning place of sharing: a first motion of touching • 27• Passionate Hearts with a magic possibility of keeping the closeness of this night, inside. alan yount • 28• T E N D E R AWA K E N I N G S SPRING STORM I stood in the doorway for the longest time after you left looking at the night listening to the night feeling the cold against the warmth of my body feeling your touch ripening on my body It would have been too easy to welcome you inside me succumb to the rhythm of waves washing over me As much as that would be it wouldn’t be enough I would never know who was on the other side of your skin johanna rayl • 29• Passionate Hearts THE RIVER All the bright day I rode my bike along the river gold flashing among the dizzy leaves water clear and rushing over stones the sound drawing me on.

To choose is never a casual act, nor is love, nor is any handmade gift. I have unwrapped myself: If you hold back, your hand will remain empty, a high cost for no interest. With a single touch, we balance gain and loss — the feel of choice. martha elizabeth • 37• Passionate Hearts I HAVE TOUCHED your hair with the palms of my hands I have fingered the strands around and around your ears with my words I have tickled with laughter your neck with my tongue with my teeth with my lips I have kissed your thighs with my thighs pressing between ha!

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