By bell hooks
Writer, activist, feminist, instructor, and artist bell hooks is widely known as one of many nation's best intellectuals. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, hooks drew her exact pseudonym from the identify of her grandmother, an clever and strong-willed African American girl who encouraged her to face up opposed to a dominating and repressive society. Her poetry, novels, memoirs, and children's books mirror her Appalachian upbringing and have her struggles with racially built-in faculties and unwelcome authority figures. one in all Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Can switch Your Life," hooks has received extensive acclaim from critics and readers alike. In Appalachian Elegy, bell hooks maintains her paintings as an imagist of life's harsh realities in a set of poems encouraged by way of her early life within the remoted hills and hidden hollows of Kentucky. instantaneously meditative, confessional, and political, this poignant quantity attracts the reader deep into the event of residing in Appalachia. concerning such issues because the marginalization of its humans and the environmental degradation it has suffered through the years, hooks's poetry quietly elegizes the sluggish lack of an id whereas additionally celebrating that that is consistent, firmly rooted in a spot that's not entire.
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Mammoth caves places alive before the invention of hours paleolithic hunters painting the caves of lascaux horses shot with arrows wild creatures no longer seen cave dwellers searching for sacred paths then sharing revelation on these walls connecting caves crossing boundaries of nation and time bold remains of untouched history 46 37. stained black Kentucky oak plank fences mark boundaries ghost riders where the dead live on the edge of time slaves worked here long ago caressing horse flesh breathing shared dreams cared for them when witnessing the breaking of yet another animal spirit born to be wild and free a bond forged whisper to forgotten souls run run go as fast as you can run run seek an end to bondage 47 38.
Bring Buddha to rest home in Kentucky hills that outside each window a light may shine not a guilt teaching tradition be balanced know loving kindness end suffering rejoice in the oneness of life then let go carry nothing on your back travel empty as you climb steep mountain paths 33 24. clouds dressed in gray for mourning for grief held white for adoration dark for sorrow come soon an eternity simply hidden where all sun and glory reigns even so in this now there is just a promise of shadows relentless 34 25.
Returning to sacred places where all is one embraced belonging an intense field of possibility wondrous goodness fills the air grant us great spirits another chance to reclaim and nurture earth glorious sky divine water in everyday the blessing of weather offering change a constant passing of life into death and back again 41 32. walking the long way home walking ever so slow talking to be wholly in this world of wonder standing still waiting standing in the center of a long and winding dirt road leading uphill to a small house surrounded by lilacs black-eyed susans roses and honeysuckle vines a bench at the bottom that bodies may rest before they climb 42 33.