An Ozarks Anthology
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Arkansas Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Missouri, is accessed by trailhead just off Highway 19 in OregonCounty. Before descending 250 feet into the holler, travelers canglimpse the roughhewn, sagging ghost of Greer Spring mill—cagedin the gnarled limbs of blackjack oak—guarded by the soaring climbs As the locals say, the trail is one mile down and two miles up, but...
C. D. Albin
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I never thought I’d set foot on this property again, but here I am at theback of the crowd in my father’s sale barn, watching Trent Tilson showa good Foxtrotter mare. He rides her bareback so we’ll see how bridle-wise she is, and her colt trails at her heels like a hound. The mare rib-bons around the ring in a gliding gait bred here in the Ozarks, and...
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...click—the camera’s out of film and rewinding night—click—that’s rolled under the car seat that’s framed what we missed.Glove, hat, ripped sleeve, hanging from the top strand of barb wirea dismal laundry, a hunter’s brutality, a dusky feathered heapvole, all pulled from her eager mouth. I restrain her, turn toward...
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Given the perseverance of the Arkansaw/Ozark image into the 1960sand beyond, it is fitting that the era’s (and perhaps twentieth-centuryAmerica’s) most famous comic hillbilly characters came from theOzarks and not Appalachia. The Beverly Hillbilliesarrived on the pop-cultural scene in 1962, at the height of the folk revival and just ...
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... and she voted for him—been Republican ever since ‘‘I wished I was dead. Never done that before.” ‘No,’ he says, ‘but it’s a damn good average.’“...
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My mother and father—drunk on Coors, not yet hating each other—...
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Michael Burns helped found the Creative Writing Program at Missouri State University, where he taught for twenty-five years. A graduate of the University of Arkansas Creative Writing Program, he published two chapbooks, When All Else Failed and And As for Darkness, ...
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Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Marcus Cafagña is the author of two books of poetry, The Broken World (University of Illinois Press, 1996), a National Poetry Series selection, and Roman Fever (Invisible Cities Press/IPG, 2001). His poems and critical reviews have also appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, ...
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Lana woke up and thought she was dreaming still, for she seemed tobe floating downstream, enveloped by the sound of a waterfall. Herhand sank into cold water then she understood she was sliding down-hill from the mouth of her tent. Out she poured into the night, com-ing to rest near the edge of her stone-ringed fire pit, which was filling...
Charles J. Farmer
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...terraces filled with cedars. Some of the terraces held shallow poolsof water. Carpets of emerald grass, wilderness landscape of unsur-passed beauty, grew on the terraces and under the shady monumentsof knobby, stunted oak trees. Beds of viola pedata, bird’s-foot violet,william, indian paintbrush, and black-eyed susan stood out like prom-...
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The boy was fifteen, tall and thin, uncomfortable in town, wherepeople stared at him, at the faded overalls that hung on him like asack, at the worn denim shirt, the sleeves not quite long enough. The girl walked up to him as he stood on the mercantile porch,waiting for Virgil. Her white blouse, clean and pressed, was tucked...
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... I miss him more with every passing year. Nearly 65 as I pen thesewords, with kids and grandkids, I feel I’m still a boy myself. I thought I’d be smarter by now—more able to do all the thingsgrown-up folks are supposed to do. I’d always have the right wordsto say, never get flustered, never make mistakes and always have the...
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One time there was a man in our town who could tell stories. LionJudah Stapleton was his name, but everyone called him simply LionJude, or I thought they did, taking the nickname to refer not to hislionheart nor to the emblematic lion of Judah (Genesis 49:9) but toone of his stories involving a mountain lion. Years later, I had gone...
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After he was laid off the oil rig Vernon drove out of Midland, Texas,heading home to Arkansas, but the transmission in his old Ford wentout, so he sold the car for junk in Weatherford. He decided to get tothe Dallas–Fort Worth airport, buy himself a ticket with his lastmoney, fly home penniless again, and admit that his life was a beer...
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Andrea Hollander was born in Berlin, Germany, the child of American parents stationed overseas after World War II, and raised in the United States. In 1977 she moved to Mountain View, Arkansas, where she and her husband built their own house, raised their son, Brooke, started a natural foods store, and ran a bed-and-breakfast. ...
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...“I’m glad we did it, though,” says Uncle Ralph, looking tired at thememory of the work. “You’ve got to have a good strong fence.” Ralph I’m staying with my Aunt Sarah Lois and Uncle Ralph while Ihome sites, graveyards, and looking for a controversial band of wild Sarah, Ralph and Ralph’s late brother invoked a little-known...
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Jane Hoogestraat was born in South Dakota, earned her BA from Baylor and her PhD from the University of Chicago, and arrived in the Missouri Ozarks in the fall of 1989. Since that time, she has taught at Missouri State in Springfield, specializing in 20th century poetry, literary theory, and creative writing—poetry. ...
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Phillip Howerton, a sixth-generation Ozarker, was born in Webster County, Missouri, in 1962. He is associate professor of English at Missouri State University in West Plains, and his photographs, reviews, poems, and essays have appeared in various journals and reference books, ...
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Dave Malone’s great-great-great-grandfather Cyrus Newberry was one of the first settlers of European descent in Howell County, Missouri. His family purchased land near Moody in the 1840s. Born in Rolla, Missouri, in 1968, he fondly calls West Plains home. ...
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Anthony Priest was raised on an Ozarks farm near Ebenezer, Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Missouri State University in Springfield and a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis. ...
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Snow was falling on the darkened hills. Neighbors tiptoed through thecabin, whispering. The old midwife muttered about his size, barely twoand a half pounds. The doctor declared—out of the mother’s hearing,we assume—“This baby will never live ’til morning.” But they got him It enrages common sense to suggest that anyone there might have...
Jan Peterson Roddy
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The relentless forces that carved valleys, cracked stone and twistedold cedar trees remain in their very substance. Melt water in streamtrickles, torrential rivers, and crashing falls. Winds from the belly ofthe earth and the far reaches of the sky. What we drink from deep wellsand percolating springs is the same ancient water that rained down on...
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Shoal Creek, near Joplin, Missouri, where I grew up, is, for me, thearchetype of all creeks. We went to see Shoal Creek often when I wasyoung, like visiting a highly interesting acquaintance who lived astrange but purposeful life. The creek was always there, more or lessin its same place, doing its mud-and-fish, worn-rock-and-ruffled-...
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...beauty to its history, to its unique culture. And many of them havebeen said. People are likely to believe, when they come here, that But it’s not really. What they are looking at is actually a remnantof the American frontier. We who grew up in the television age equatefrontier either with Kentucky, via Davy Crockett, or the old West, via...
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I have been working in the Cultural Resources Building, in the backroom, reading the archival files on the development of Big Spring StatePark in the 1930s. Donald A. Blake, the chief architect, wanted thesleeping cabins, nestled in a secluded area on a hillside, to look likedwellings in fourteenth-century England. I wondered why he would...
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The list is short, but accurate. Bill pulls the Chevy over, inspects hispartner’s sleeping eyes. The eyes dart about beneath the lids, as ifhe’s searching for someone in a crowded room. Gravel catches in theChevy’s tires, spins and smacks against the underbelly of the pickup. They make this trip every year; every year the trees are fewer,...
Jo Van Arkel
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Mother and Aunt Mel were already tight-lipped because we’d beenswimming at Flat Bridge three hours with no sign of the men or eventheir flat-bottomed river boat. They got tight-lipped when the menwent on weekend fishing trips by themselves. It was like they knewthose men were having fun without them. Probably whizzing off the...
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In 1965, James T. Whitehead (1936–2003) and his friend, William Harrison, founded the nationally prestigious Creative Writing Program at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He taught in that program for the next thirtyfour years, from 1965 to 1999. ...
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Miller Williams is the author, editor, or translator of thirty-four books, including fourteen volumes of poetry, Patterns of Poetry: An Encyclopedia of Forms, and Making a Poem: Some Thoughts about Poetry and the People Who Write it. Among his many honors are the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship in Poetry from Harvard University, ...
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The cow trembled in the sideways tree, the broken left foreleg cantedin a separate direction from the other legs, snapped sharply to theright and dangling. There’d been moans since the storm in the nightrustle pebbles on the cliff and its tired neck raised the head to lookup at me. The cow had wide screaming eyes that were saying things...
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...awakened to muster when the stars still burned blue in the wintersky. He rode at a drowsing lope toward the tent city of Federal hos-pitals and encampments where his Federal Home Guard unit waited.With the sun not yet risen, the myriad dots of canvas appeared grayin the thin dawn light, doves huddled in a fallow field. The frosted...
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...“Four Fine Horses,” by C. D. Albin, originally appeared in the journal“Photogenic” and “Wounded God,” by Walter Bargen, are previously“Jethro and Abner: An Arkansaw Counterculture” is taken from BrooksBlevins, Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’Boys Defined a State(Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2009),...
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Publication Year: 2013