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Hard Lines
Rough South Poetry

Edited by Daniel Cross Turner and William Wright

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.

Daniel Cross Turner is the author of Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South and coeditor of Undead Souths: The Gothic and Beyond in Southern Literature and Culture. His numerous scholarly essays, interviews, and reviews focus on modern and contemporary Southern writers. Turner is an associate professor of English at Coastal Carolina University.

William Wright is the author of four full-length collections of poems, including Tree Heresies and Night Field Anecdote. Editor of the multivolume Southern Poetry Anthology, Wright serves as assistant editor for Shenandoah as well as founding editor for Town Creek Poetry. His essays and creative writing have recently appeared in Oxford American, Southern Poetry Review, AGNI, the Kenyon Review, and many other journals.

"Hard Lines is a bold and compelling anthology. . . . The cumulative effect is powerful; it's difficult to put this book down."—Ernest Suarez, Catholic University, vice president, Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers

"Hard Lines . . . carries the full sonic and spiritual load of southerly experience along lines that have given even "surrogate southerners" like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards their whole rolling pulse of musication. It's a local mix for a global audience. This is a collection that rocks, rolls, and second lines its readers through freshly imprinted soundings of poetic narrative and voice."—Keith Cartwright, author of Sacral Grooves, Limbo Gateways

"Deftly arranging poets both new and old, Hard Lines is at once easy on the eyes and stimulating to the mind—an anthology to be read and subsequently consulted."—Casey Clabough, author of Inhabiting Contemporary Southern & Appalachian Literature

"Well it's about time for this great anthology, Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. I mean, it's about Time. Time and Timelessness. Editors Wright and Turner offer a wonderful selection of writers wrestling with, and extolling, the most intricate, beautiful, and perplexing aspects of our South."—George Singleton, author of Calloustown

"This book is essential for anyone interested in the literature of the American South! These editors not only provide a look at those poets who, for some years, have formed the core of Southern poetry, they also introduce us to a great number of exciting new voices."—David Bottoms, author of Armored Hearts and Vagrant Grace




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Betty Adcock
Dan Albergotti
Paul Allen
Brian Barker
Coleman Barks
Jack B. Bedell
Destiny O. Birdsong
David Bottoms
Besmilr Brigham
Kathryn Stripling Byer
Fred Chappell
Kelly Cherry
Michael Chitwood
Jim Clark
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Daniel Corrie
Kate Daniels
Kwame Dawes
James Dickey
R. H. W. Dillard
Claudia Emerson
Tarfia Faizullah
Forrest Gander
George Garrett
Jesse Graves
Jeff Hardin
Ashley Mace Havird
David Havird
Terrance Hayes
Hastings Hensel
Ron Houchin
Rebecca Gayle Howell
David Huddle
Andrew Hudgins
T. R. Hummer
TJ Jarrett
Rodney Jones
Judy Jordan
Terry L. Kennedy
Yusef Komunyakaa
John Lane
Naton Leslie
Ed Madden
Al Maginnes
Jeff Mann
Jeff Daniel Marion
Linda Parsons Marion
Christopher Martin
Chris Mattingly
Michael McFee
Ray McManus
Thorpe Moeckel
Robert Morgan
Ricardo Nazario y Colón
Tara Powell
Ron Rash
Janisse Ray
Paul Ruffin
Steve Scafidi
James Seay
Dave Smith
R. T. Smith
Sheryl St. Germain
Leon Stokesbury
Richard Tillinghast
Deno Trakas
Natasha Trethewey
Adam Vines
Ellen Bryant Voigt
G. C. Waldrep
Frank X Walker
Robert West
James Whitehead
Amy Wright
Charles Wright
William Wright
Jake Adam York

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