//The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee(Vol. 6)

The Southern Poetry Anthology: Tennessee(Vol. 6)


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The state of Tennessee is widely recognized as a home of great music, and its geographic regions are as distinct as Memphis blues, Nashville country, and Bristol old-time sounds. Tennessee’s literary heritage offers equal variety and quality, as home to the Fugitive Agrarian Poets, in addition to a signature voice from the Black Arts Movement. Few states present this type of multicultural panorama as does the Volunteer State.

The poems in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee engage the storied histories, diverse cultures, and vibrant rural and urban landscapes of the region. A number of the more than 120 poets represented are Pulitzer and Bollingen Prize-winner Charles Wright, Brittingham Award-winner Lynn Powell, and Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize-winners Rick Hilles and Arthur Smith.

The book includes an introduction from renowned poet Jeff Daniel Marion, who in 1978 received the first literary fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Too, the book celebrates slightly young and gifted voices. This necessary anthology will stand for a few years as the definitive poetic document for the state of Tennessee.

Conceived by Series Editor William Wright in 2003, The Southern Poetry Anthology is a multivolume project celebrating established and emerging poets of the American South. 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 supply readers with a documentary-like survey of the most efficient poetry being written in the American South at the moment moment.

Published exclusively by Texas Review Press, the series provides the most comprehensive representation of Southern poets currently to be had and is currently being used in university classrooms across the South.