Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 1-6

Contents

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pp. 7-12

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Preface. 25 Years of Revolutionary Art: Cultural Cartography and the Expanding Landscape of Affrilachian Poetics

Shauna M. Morgan

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pp. 13-16

“Any portrait of land worth its salt must also include a landscape of its people worth its weight in blood, sweat, and tears” opens Nikky Finney’s review of Affrilachia, Frank X Walker’s first book of poems (213). Indeed, Walker’s debut collection named and helped to define a region and its people. Appearing in the Journal of Appalachian Studies alongside...

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Introduction

Bianca Lynne Spriggs & Jeremy Paden

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pp. 17-20

Affrilachia is both a geographic and a cultural space. And, as Shauna M. Morgan in her preface and Paul C. Taylor in the opening essay of this anthology note, it is also an ongoing literary and political concept shaped by the intent to lend voice to the voiceless.
There is a temptation when thinking in regionalist, aesthetic, and even political...

Root

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Call Me Out My Name: Inventing Affrilachia

Paul C. Taylor

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pp. 23-26

I am grateful for, and humbled by, the opportunity to participate in this symposium on Affrilachia,1 for reasons both personal and professional. The personal reasons derive from facts like these: I was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee; I spent two years teaching in Lexington, Kentucky, learning from the Affrilachian Poets that my roots in and routes...

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‘Going Up’ with the Affrilachian Poets: Birthing (Folk)lore in the MLK Elevator

Forrest Gray Yerman

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pp. 27-38

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a group of young writers at the University of Kentucky (UK) birthed a collective known as the Affrilachian Poets in the back room of Martin Luther King Cultural Center of the UK. Their story is told by several writers (see Spriggs; Norman; and Newberry) and in the documentary Coal Black Voices. The group formed...

Affrilachia

Frank X Walker

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pp. 39-40

Affrilachian MixTape I: Turntablism

Kelly Norman Ellis

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pp. 41-42

bless your heart

Gerald L. Coleman

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pp. 43-46

Brown Country

Nikky Finney

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pp. 47-54

Tujcalusa

Ricardo Nazario y Colón

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p. 55

O Tobacco

Crystal Wilkinson

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pp. 56-57

Grits

Ellen Hagan

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p. 58

THE KENTUCKY–IST

Shayla Lawson

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pp. 59-60

In the City

Joy Priest

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pp. 61-62

fleur-de-lis

Makalani Bandele

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p. 63

on aging

Makalani Bandele

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pp. 64-66

Praisesong for a Mountain

Bianca Lynne Spriggs

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pp. 67-68

Black Diamonds

Crystal Dawn Good

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pp. 69-72

the hills we grew on

Jeremy Paden

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pp. 73-74

Limb

On Whiteness

Jeremy Paden

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pp. 77-79

Of Jíbaros and Hillbillies

Ricardo Nazario y Colón

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p. 80

Rooted

Shanna L. Smith

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pp. 81-82

Raised by Women

Kelly Norman Ellis

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pp. 83-84

The Negro Travelers’ Green Book: 1957

Remica Bingham-Risher

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p. 85

Portrait of Mother’s Kitchen

Remica Bingham-Risher

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pp. 86-87

Ace of Spades: September 15, 1973

Randall Horton

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pp. 88-94

the good couch

Bernard Clay

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pp. 95-96

learning how to use motherfucker

Bernard Clay

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pp. 97-99

Burying Albatross

Frank X Walker

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p. 100

American Arabic, Irish, Italian Abecedarian w/ Blue(d)grass & Bourbon(d) Influences

Ellen Hagan

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pp. 101-102

Even Tricksters Get the Blues

Rane Arroyo

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pp. 103-104

PANTONE 130 C

Shayla Lawson

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p. 105

Pond’s White Beauty

Danni Quintos

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pp. 106-107

Portrait of My Dad Through a Tent Window

Danni Quintos

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p. 108

Nightstick

Joy Priest

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p. 109

The Dark Room

Stephanie Pruitt

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p. 110

Robotto Mulatto

Keith S. Wilson

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pp. 111-112

Tongue

Social Justice Prayer

Marta Maria Miranda-Straub

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pp. 115-117

Mama Outsider: Reminder Notes to a Dancing Girl

Asha French

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pp. 118-121

Initiation

Kamilah Aisha Moon

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pp. 122-124

127 Notebooks

Mitchell L.H. Douglas

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pp. 125-126

Answer the Call

Amanda Johnston

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p. 127

A Study in Sound and Silence

Stephanie Pruitt

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p. 128

We Were Being Detained

A. H. Jerriod Avant

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p. 129

For Drunk Mike

Dorian Hairston

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pp. 130-131

Manifesto for Black Baseball Players

Dorian Hairston

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pp. 132-133

The Piñata Boy

Rane Arroyo

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pp. 134-136

I Hate Crowds or Yippy Ki Yay Murica, FUCK YO COUCH!!!!

Jude McPherson

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pp. 137-139

Is It Wrong

Mitchell L.H. Douglas

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pp. 140-141

One eyed critics

Norman Jordan

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p. 142

Where Do People in Dreams Come From?

Norman Jordan

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pp. 143-144

Another Morning Blessed Be

Amanda Johnston

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p. 145

Augury

Keith S. Wilson

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pp. 146-148

Black Bone

Bianca Lynne Spriggs

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pp. 149-150

Biographies

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pp. 151-156

Reprint Credits

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pp. 157-160