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A collection of poetry set in Eastern Kentucky that explores the beauty of the land and its people, the struggles to sustain a way of life despite difficulties and the exploitation of corporate coal and their practices of mountain top removal.

After The Mines Came

Briars stitch into the hills
where we once watched morning slip over
easy as a promise
made of mist rising through dawn.
And I think the earth has grown spined and calloused
saving itself against us
and I see the the face of Hazel Mott who lives down the ridge,
a face that impales the eyes of any
who peer into her only softness left-
the memory of a son
who fell into the belly of the world
when the car snapped its cable
and they pulled out his bones in a sack
only to re-bury them
as if once was not enough,
that the earth wanted to suck out the marrow,
grind his skeleton to dust
between teeth of stone
seal the ghost of him
under dead words
spoken in a registered letter
the coal company sent-
a lapsed policy,
bounced check,
would she please pay the service charge
by September 1st.
We're so sorry.


They want to fuss me up in a dress- pink!
thin heeled shoes shoes so tight
they squeeze the walk out of my feet,
hobble me around this holler
like I'm steppin' across, brambles,
the stone teeth of a dry creek.

Why should I want that?

I spent a long time learning
from ribbon grass
how to sweep across the earth,
that grace comes to surrender us
from ourselves
to the wind.
All I have to do
is follow.

The Slow Talk of Stones - Poetry Reserved for Fuzzymamma

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