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Bledsoe : a poem

Author: William Wright
Publisher: Huntsville, Tex. : Texas Review Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : 1st ed
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An extended narrative poem that centres on a mute Appalachian man named Durant Bledsoe. Specifically, the poem takes place in the mountains of Yancey County, North Carolina, in an early part of the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Wright
ISBN: 9781933896762 1933896760
OCLC Number: 730906323
Description: 79 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Behind the brick pits of Yancey County Waterworks --
Far down in the parched pits of summertime --
The snake spells plagued him --
On the spine of the ridge --
I see he's a special child, Miss --
She asked to speak to the child alone --
Grown little, nine-years-old, Bledsoe upset --
In those slow autumns --
Harvest paradox, autumn's pilfer --
Pulp of dying mountain town --
Let him be shut of us, Lord --
He walked lonesome --
His father who brought him melon candy --
Unlike his father --
In years he mended --
Carry me to the doctor, Boy --
He chose silence in that simple light --
Heart-pound, blood-rush --
What they told me is I don't have long --
In middle age, in those first leaf-strains --
Dear God of the dead-haunted heart --
Nights he moseyed through the house --
No sheets --
Found his father's rum jug --
Once, when he woke before dawn --
Death of an orchard --
Spring came, winged seeds lifted to sun --
To wash her. Up in the dank room, her body sketched in heat --
She slept in fits and fever --
Then the world to black --
Time to leave you, Boy --
In the keening house, in the night's arc --
Went --
Dusk comes, heat stays, still --
A blackness amplified, greenness insinuated --
Something deep in Durant's vitals --
They find him near noon.
Responsibility: William Wright.

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