A Literary Field Guide
to Southern Appalachia
University of Georgia Press, 2019
A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia--a combined literary and natural history anthology—is a guide to getting know 60 outstanding species from Southern Appalachia, one of the most biodiverse areas on earth, and to knowing the place in broader, poetic senses as well. This anthology collects poems for each species, many commissioned especially for the project from the writers who make up another great Southern Appalachian wealth—its rich literary community—illustrations by regional artists, and conversationally written natural histories.
A selection of 11 poems, natural histories, and pieces of artwork are featured here in Southern Humanities Review.
Here's a look inside the book in the University of Georgia Press catalog .
Events featuring a variety of contributors to the anthology have been organized throughout Southern Appalachia. Please get in touch for more information or if you'd like to have a reading by some of the 60 poets in the book in your area.
Its Day Being Gone
National Poetry Series Winner
Penguin Books, 2014
“A beautiful book, and a haunting one too. McLarney makes things matter. Her poems make you feel very deeply connected – under the skin, in the bone – and therefore more acutely alive.”
“It’s easy to say that McLarney loves the land and the people who live close to it, and though that’s true, her intelligence and feelings are also always subject to reappraisal in the light of her own constantly questioning and enlarging vision. Her important poems sing not just with the “the somber percussion/of feed in buckets,” but also with the lyric wisdom of the best poetry.”
“In poems that are often both celebration and lament, McLarney speaks with an elemental alertness, with sharp-edged perception of the contemporary as well as the folkloric.”
The Always Broken Plates of Mountains
Four Way Books, 2012
Rose McLarney’s poems are work of the first order. Unsentimental, empathic, informed by her unerring eye and ear, they are rooted in a specific quarter of the earth and speak to the complexities of fidelity, devotion, desire, and the force of time. But most impressive is the way McLarney unfailingly unearths the embedded metaphor and imaginative life of the quotidian. Blood and feathers exceed the actual seamlessly, giving her poems both lift and weight. The Always Broken Plates of Mountains stands as beautiful testimony to the power of time and place and language. -Jane Brox
The Always Broken Plates of Mountains is not a book about a way of life; it’s a book about life beyond a single lifetime, the whole, continuous life of one place and the generations of human fidelity to it. Pinched with grief, then soothed with beauty, Rose McLarney’s poems sway back and forth like a treetop in the breeze. Above all, McLarney observes a world charged with the magic of slowness, a phrase that pulses with the truth. This is a moving and carefully wrought book.
- Maurice Manning