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Black Shawl emanates from Kathryn Stripling Byer's fascination with female ballad singers in southern Appalachia, whose voices haunt the mountains still, and from the image of a black net or shawl being dragged over the ground, plumbing the depths, collecting bits and fragments of a woman's life. The singers and storytellers of this collection are struggling to answer the query of the book's epigraph: "What will you make of this?"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807122518
ISBN-10: 0807122513
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 139mm x 6mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kathleen Stripling Byer

Kathryn Stripling Byer is poet-in-residence as Western Carolina University, in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She is the author of four poetry collections, including Catching Light. Her poems have appeared in the Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Carolina Quarterly, Arts Journal, and Nimrod.

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