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Out of the South: Poems
by Neal Bowers
Louisiana State University Press, 2002
52 pages
Hardcover, $22.95   ISBN: 0-8071-2818-X
Trade Paper, $15.95  ISBN: 0-8171-2819-8
 
 
  Out of the South reads like a disjointed narrative where the speaker rejects then embraces his southern heritage.  Set in the 1950's and 1960's, the poems are a coming of age tale of a young man from Clarksville, Tennessee. 

He goes through the normal rites of passage -- "Driving Lessons," "Lost in the Vicinity," and "The Dare." The boy reflects on the social changes of the period and the flight to industrial centers -- "The Future," "Integrations," and "White, U.S.A."  Bower ends the boy's journey in manhood and the philosophical reflection of life.

The recipient of the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, Neal Bowers is the author of three previous books of poetry; the novel Loose Ends; and three nonfiction books, including Words for the Taking: The Hunt for a Plagiarist

 

Joyce Dixon
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