//7: Southern Poetry Anthology, VII: North Carolina

7: Southern Poetry Anthology, VII: North Carolina

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Robert Morgan and Kathryn Stripling Byer, Al Maginnes and Cathy Smith Bowers, Thomas Rain Crowe and Michael McFee, in addition to many new voices. . . Indeed, the variegation of the Tar Heel State’s landscapes, in addition to its wealthy history, is reflected through the myriad voices of its latest verse. As with other volumes of The Southern Poetry Anthology, this book–full of a wide gamut of poetic styles and approaches–will appeal to many readers, prove a very good teaching resource for North Carolina students of literature, and function the definitive poetic document for North Carolina for a few years.

Conceived by Series Editor William Wright in 2003, The Southern Poetry Anthology is a projected twelve-to-sixteen volume project celebrating established and emerging poets of the American South, published by Texas Review Press. Inspired by single-volume anthologies such as Leon Stokesbury’s The Made Thing, Gil Allen’s A Ninety-Six Sampler, and Guy Owen and Mary C. Williams’ Contemporary Southern Poetry: an Anthology, The Southern Poetry Anthology aspires to provide readers with a documentary-like survey of the most productive poetry being written in the American South at this time moment.

Specifically, the editors’ goals are twofold: first, to re-establish poetry of the South as a big presence in American literature, and second, to include a greater range of poets from the South to introduce a new poetic geography, a fresh corpus of what we keep in mind to be “Southern Poetry.”