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The Peanut Farmer Stories
by David Clark
Out of the Sky, 2002
$15.00 (83pp)
ISBN: 0-9718868-0-6
 
 

The Peanut Farmer Stories is a collection of the essays that were published in the Peanut Farmer Magazine between 1998-2001.  His parables of farm and small town life give a good-natured view of the world through home-spun wisdom.

Most of the twenty-three essays are a tribute to his parents as David Clark remembers his childhood in rural Bibb County, Georgia on the edge of Macon.  There is the gentle spirit and love of nature that comes out in “On Picking Up Turtles,” where his father stops the vehicle to pick up a turtle in the road and place it in the grass on the other side with a “there you go, baby.”  As an adult child, David Clark deals with his memories and his aging parents in “Mama’s Rain” and “The Oldest Language.”   

Then David Clark celebrates… dirt.  There is the childhood mission to dig to China in “What Holds the Whole World Together.”  The joy of playing in the dirt and its spiritual connection comes out in “It’s Good to Get Dirty.”  The reverence of “dirt” leads to the power of gardening in “The True Power of a Seed.” 

David Clark lives  in an old rural Georgia farmhouse on a dirt road running through cotton and peanut fields.  He’s been accused of romanticizing farmers by those unfamiliar with career farmers.  But like literary farmers of the past, he puts the changes of the seasons, the power within a seed, and the strong belief of God and Country into his words and music.  Is that a rose-colored glasses view of farmers?  No.  It’s recognizing their wisdom through a love of nature and respecting the work of common men. 

 

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews

 

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