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Working the Dirt:
Poems of Farming and Gardening in the South
Edited by Jennifer Horne
New South Book, 2003
Paperback, $20.00 (288 pages) 
ISBN: 1-58838-131-5
 

 

 
 
Working the Dirt, subtitled Poems of Farming and Gardening in the South, is a simple yet eloquent concept.
 
Divided into sections -- The Farm: "Can to Cain't," Moving on, Digging In, As For Men, Strong Women, Fruits and Vegetables, and Yards and Gardens -- the poets included remember, imagine, and celebrate the human need to connect with the earth.
 
Editor Jennifer Horne selected verse by poets as diverse as : Sandra Agricola, Coleman Barks, Wendell Berry, Fred Chappell, R.H.W. Dillard, James Dickey, Nikki Giovanni,  Randall Jarrell, Rodney Jones, Donald Justice, Walter McDonald, Naomi Shihab Nye, John Crowe Ransom,  Henry Taylor, Jeanie Thompson,  Robert Penn Warren, Miller Williams, Randall Williams, C.D.
Wright, and many, many others in an obvious labor of love.
 
Working the Dirt is highly recommended as a gift for Father's Day, a text for the horticulturally challenged, and a testament to Southerners love for the land.
 
 
   
 
Pam Kingsbury
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