- Appalachian Elegy, poem #3
night movesthrough thick darka heavy silence outsidenear the front windowa black bearstamps down plantspushing back brushfleeing man-madeconfinementroaming unfetteredconfidentany place can become homestrutting downa steep hillas though freedomis allin the nowno pastno present [End Page 53]
bell hooks, a prominent African-American feminist and social critic, is the Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College. A native of Kentucky, she retired from an active New York City career to Berea eight years ago. She is the author of almost thirty books that range from children's picture books like Happy to be Nappy (1999) to poetry collections like When Angels Speak of Love: Poems (1978) and essays, including Belonging: A Culture of Place (2008) and Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life (1991) with Cornel West.