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Hill Daughter

Hill Daughter: New and Selected Poems

Louise McNeill
Edited and with an Introduction by Maggie Anderson
Copyright Date: 1991
Pages: 168
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    Hill Daughter
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    Introduction by Maggie AndersonMusically complex and intellectually sophisticated, Louise McNeill's imagery and rhythms have their deepest sources in the West Virginia mountains where she was born in 1911 on a farm that has been in her family for nine generations. These are rooted poems, passionately concerned with stewardship of the land and with the various destructions of land and people that often come masked as "progress."In colloquial, rural, and sometimes macabre imagery, Louise McNeill documents the effects of the change from a farm to an industrial economy on the West Virginia mountain people. She writes of the earliest white settlements on the western side of the Alleghenies and of the people who remained there through the coming of the roads, the timber and coal industries, and the several wars of this century.The reappearance of Louise McNeill's long out-of-print poems will be cause for celebration for readers familiar with her work. Those reading it for the first time will discover musical, serious, idiosyncratic, and startling poems that define the Appalachian experience.

    eISBN: 978-0-8229-8069-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Introduction
    (pp. xiii-xxvi)
    Maggie Anderson

    Louise NcNeill was the first poet I heard give a poetry reading. In 1964, I was sixteen years old and McNeill came to read at the junior college in Keyser, West Virginia, where I lived. I had read very little poetry and, except for the few poems by Emily Dickinson in my school anthology, I had read no poems by women. I knew nothing about the literature of my region and so, although I had decided by that time that I wanted to be a poet, it would never have occurred to me to write about my place, about West...

  2. Editor’s Note
    (pp. xxvii-xxviii)
  3. Hill Daughter

  4. Wire Brier

  5. Gauley Mountain

  6. The Horsemen

  7. Time Is Our House