Ultima Thule by Davis McCombs
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Ultima Thule
By Davis McCombs

Ultima Thule

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Ultima Thule by Davis McCombs

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The 1999 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Davis McCombs's Ultima Thule, which was acclaimed as "a book of exploration, of searching regard...a grave, attentive holding of a light" by the contest judge, the distinguished poet W. S. Merwin. The poems are set above and below the Cave Country of south central Kentucky, where McCombs lives and which is home to thousands of caves. The book is framed by two sonnet sequences, the first about a slave guide and explorer at Mammoth Cave in the mid-1800s and the second about McCombs's experiences as a guide and park ranger there in the 1990s. Other poems deal with Mammoth Cave's four- thousand-year human history and the thrills of crawling into tight, rarely visited passageways to see what lies beyond. Often the poems search for oblique angles into personal experience, and the caves and the landscape they create form a personal geology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300083170
ISBN-10: 0300083173
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 4mm)
Pages: 70
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Drawn from the rich folk traditions of his native Mammoth Cave region in Kentucky as well as the folklore of his adopted Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, the poems in Davis McCombs's third collection exist along the fraught lines where nature and agriculture collide or in those charged moments where modernity intrudes on an archaic world.

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