Railsplitter

By Maurice Manning

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Description

Prophetic and rich in rural folklore and literary allusions, this seventh collection from Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Guggenheim Fellow Manning, envisions the role of poetry in the life of Abraham Lincoln, transcending the darkness of Lincoln's time and imagining new lore entirely.

Product Details

Price: $17.00  $15.64
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Published Date: October 15, 2019
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 5.9 X 0.4 X 8.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
ISBN: 9781556595714
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About the Author

Maurice Manning has been praised for his ability to transcribe the land and culture of his native Appalachia into six full length books of poetry. His first book, Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions, was selected by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. His fourth book, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A former Guggenheim fellow, Manning teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He lives with his family in Kentucky.

Reviews

"Manning is at his best in quiet moments of stunning lyricism... There is a deep reverence for the ancestral spirit of the land, as if Kentucky's rich hills and flowing streams were a part of its residents' DNA. Manning's verse resonates with the plaintive loneliness of his rural landscapes and the divine presence that alleviates that loneliness, be it God, one's forebears, or poetry." -- Publishers Weekly

"He nails his images the way a restless boy, up in a tree with a slingshot, nails anything sentient that wanders into view." -- New York Times Book Review

"Myth-making is a more important business than what's true and false, and Manning's ability to transcend the problem so blithely on the strength of his overall conception is impressive." -- Contemporary Poetry Review
"...within a few lines, the language becomes layered and hints at the constant intersection of the present and the eternal." -- Washington Post