"Our only sin was not having what they thought was enough. And being forced to take what they called help."
Pain and anger resonate deeply in the voice of New Covenant Bound's central narrator. Forced from her homeland on the Tennessee River in the 1930s, she recounts the memory of upheaval and destruction caused by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The Western Kentucky area that now boasts beautiful, expansive bodies of water was once home to some 20,000 people, their houses, farms, townships and ancestral history. Residents were subjected to three waves of forced relocation to make way for Kentucky Lake in the 1930s, Lake Barkley in the 1950s, and Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area in the 1960s.
Renowned poet T. Crunk intersperses narrative prose and vivid lyric verse to explore the devastation one family experienced in this often overlooked episode in Kentucky history. The voices of a grandmother and grandson speak to each other over time, evoking the relentless advance of irrevocable forces that changed the land, forever.
""The book is sad and beautiful in its effects; its artistry is complex and sophisticated, the work of a consummate craftsman making use of original stanza patterns and intricate lineation. The quality of Crunk's lyricism is rare in contemporary American poetry; passages of New Covenant Bound are among the most moving and visionary work I've seen in a long time." -- Maurice Manning, author of The Common Man: Poems" --
|Map: Between the Rivers, 1907||p. viii|
|Bethel Grove||p. 19|
|The Crossing||p. 43|
|New Covenant Bound||p. 65|
|Index of Titles and First Lines||p. 91|
|About the Author||p. 95|
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Series: Kentucky Voices (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 95
Published: 12th August 2010
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 14.43 x 0.86
Weight (kg): 0.15