David Havird is the author of Map Home (Texas Review Press, 2013), a poetry collection featured at the 2013 Louisiana Book Festival. His poems have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including Agni, the Hopkins Review, Southwest Review, Yale Review, and Other Places, the Lowestoft Chronicle’s “best of” 2015 anthology. He lives in Shreveport with his wife, the poet and novelist Ashley Mace Havird, and teaches at Centenary College of Louisiana.
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State Library of Louisiana, Capitol View Room
Hardlines: Rough South Poetry
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Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry (contributor)
A collection of contemporary poems exploring the grit of work, love, and the land down South
Daniel Cross Turner and William Wright's anthology Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry centers on the darker side of Southern experience while presenting a remarkable array of poets from diverse backgrounds in the American South. As tough-minded as they are high-minded, the sixty contemporary poets and two hundred poems anthologized in Hard Lines enhance the powerful genre of "Grit Lit."
The volume gathers the work of poets who have for decades formed the heart of Southern poetry as well as that of emerging voices who will soon become significant figures in Southern literature. These poems sting our senses into awareness of a gritty world down South: hard work, hard love, hard drinking, hard times; but they also explore the importance of the land and rural experience, as well as race- , gender- , and class-based conflicts.
Readers will see, hear (for poetry is meant to ring in the ears), and feel (for poetry is meant to beat in the blood); there is plenty of raucousness in this anthology. And yet the cultural conflicts that ignite Southern wildness are often depicted in a manner that is lyrical without becoming lugubrious, mournful but not maudlin. Some of these poets are coming to terms with a visibly transforming culture—a "roughness" in and of itself. Indeed many of these poets are helping to change the definition of the South. The anthology also features biographical information on each poet in addition to further reading suggestions and scholarly sources on contemporary poetry.
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