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Get in, Jesus
Paperback, 124 pages, $15.oo
Wind Publications, 2013
600 Overbrook Dr
Nicholasville, KY 40356
|Webb writes some of the most sardonic and arresting lyrics that can be found in the Appalachian renaissance....
He knows an Appalachian Stepinfetchit when he sees one; he knows the desperation and frustration of honest people in the grip of corporate power; he purges these ironies when he can in a poetry that is characteristic of an entire literary stirring in the mountains.
— Jerry Williamson, Founding Editor, Appalachian Journal
“Get In Jesus” reminds us of the ancient Greek belief that any stranger might just be a god or goddess, and that we should offer unquestioned hospitality. Believe it. When the young man in Webb's title poem climbs into the car, it is one of the greatest and unlikeliest epiphanies of Appalachian literature, maybe even the world's.
— Richard Hague, author of During the Recent Extinctions and Alive in Hard Country
boy has been writin poems for a coon's age. By now he ort
to be purty good at it.
In his writing, as in his life, Jim Webb is an original. He begins as a poet but his voice rings out over his native Southern Appalachian mountain region in a variety of ways. For nearly thirty years his on-air work for radio station WMMT in Whitesburg, Kentucky, as announcer, disc jockey, commentator and comic raconteur has reached tens of thousands of listeners in five states, not to mention overseas listeners via the internet.
Jim’s good heart, generous spirit and amazing consistency of creative effort in many forms reaching back forty years have lifted many hearts and given him a substantial number of lasting friends. And of course, as everyone familiar with his poetry knows, Jim Webb’s poem “Get In, Jesus” belongs on any list of the greatest one hundred American poems of all time (Available on T-shirts everywhere).
— Gurney Norman, author of Kinfolks, Divine Right’s Trip and
In the book as a whole, sorrow, humor, anger, heartbreak, hilarity, and fierce judgment mingle and clash in ways that are just about always both startling and appropriate. The most remarkable poems are the longer ones that seem to gather enough breath to sail a boat.
— Wendell Berry, Author & Henry County
Farmer (from a letter to Jim)
If John Locke had lived at the right time to make his way up the curvy road to Wiley's Last Resort at the tip-top of Kentucky's Pine Mountain, he for sure would have greeted Jim Webb with a smile and a fist-bump for the undaunted way Jim has lived out Locke's assertion that “the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.” Webb's actions as an outspoken activist for his mountains and for the people of the mountains have cost him time and energy others might have given over to promoting their own writing. Lucky for us, then, that this collection of Webb's writings
have been saved from washing downstream to a literary sea of forgotten works. Ha-cha cha cha cha cha.
— Dana Wildsmith, author of Christmas in Bethlehem
This book is a gift, a fine, fine gift. To all of us friends and fans of Jim Webb and his work, this book finally lets us hold his words, reread and savor their spice and spark. To all those people who haven’t read Jim Webb, especially future generations, these poems are a gift of wit and fire and inspiration to keep working for what’s good and true. And for Jim Webb, the man who has continued to speak truth his whole life, despite many fires, this book is a testament of love and honor. Scott Goebel has given us all so much by collecting and editing Webb’s work. Long after our own sparks have faded, the embers of these words will burn on.
— Jim Minick, author of The Blueberry Years
Jim Webb is pissed—and who can blame him, what with mountaintop removal and poisoned air and water and all the other myriad indignities his people and their place on earth are subject to. Yet even in his righteous outrage, Jim’s poems are infused with antic joy. Get In, Jesus is as wry and irreverent and cranky—and as generous and welcoming—as its title. What a tasty little book!
— Ed McClanahan, Novelist, Merry Prankster, and author of The Natural Man