Bell Hooks

Appalachian Elegy

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Author, activist, feminist, teacher, and artist bell hooks is celebrated as one of the nation's leading intellectuals. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, hooks drew her unique pseudonym from the name of her grandmother, an intelligent and strong-willed African American woman who inspired her to stand up against a dominating and repressive society. Her poetry, novels, memoirs, and children's books reflect her Appalachian upbringing and feature her struggles with racially integrated schools and unwelcome authority figures. One of Utne Reader's “100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life,” hooks has won wide acclaim from critics and readers alike. In Appalachian Elegy, bell hooks continues her work as an imagist of life's harsh realities in a collection of poems inspired by her childhood in the isolated hills and hidden hollows of Kentucky. At once meditative, confessional, and political, this poignant volume draws the reader deep into the experience of living in Appalachia. Touching on such topics as the marginalization of its people and the environmental degradation it has suffered over the years, hooks's poetry quietly elegizes the slow loss of an identity while also celebrating that which is constant, firmly rooted in a place that is no longer whole.
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    Llegué a este libro con un único conocimiento: era un libro corto. Pero termino con uno de los mejores libros que leí para el Guadalupe Reinas 2019, me quedé con muchas ganas de investigar más sobre la autora, su origen y su pensamiento; además de adentrarme en lecturas o información sobre anarquía; además de cuestionarme sobre las civilizaciones que existían antes de las conquistas de territorios y como sus lugares les fueron arrebatados por los hombres blancos.

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    Nast Huertahas quoted2 years ago
    Folks from the backwoods were certain about two things: that every human soul needed to be free and that the responsibility of being free required one to be a person of integrity, a person who lived in such a way that there would always be congruency between what one thinks, says, and does.
    Dulce G.has quoted2 years ago
    bitter cold buries secrets

    put away

    all promises of resurrection
    Dulce G.has quoted2 years ago
    take the


    make do

    no culture of poverty

    claiming lives here

    we a people of plenty

    back then

    work hard

    know no hunger

    grow food

    sew clothing

    build shelter

    moonshine still

    wine from grape

    we a marooned

    mountain people

    backwoods souls

    we know to live on little

    to make a simple life

    away from manmade

    laws and boundaries

    spirit guides teach us

    offer always

    the promise

    of an eternal now

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