137 pages, ISBN 1893239225, $14.00.
Tobacco: A Literary Anthology
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Terena Elizabeth Bell
Laura Treacy Bentley
Susan Christerson Brown
Mary Ann Carrico-Mitchell
Trish Lindsay Jaggers
Carridder M. Jones
Susan McNeese Lynch
Alberta Waddle Rutter
Georgia Green Stamper
Jamie Griggs Tevis
Frank X Walker
Kathy Riley Williams
A project of the Kentucky
Writers Coalition, here is a collection of stories, poems, and
essays which explore the role of tobacco in the economy, culture,
and mythology of Kentucky and the
Excerpt from the
-- by Ron Houchin
There was a
time when some cared
how much smoke weighed.
Leaning on the rail of the Caspe,
a sailor packed a clay pipe
with Virginia burley and conjured white wisps
with a match. Almost every day
in the mouth of the Saint Lawrence dragged
on white caps and the odd canoe.
North America was on fire.
Indians and French trappers curled up
around fire and slept to music
of smoke threefourths of the year.
We've had a long marriage with smoke and fire.
Those parts of tobacco, coal, oil, and, wood
not completely combustible
turn into something like fog
with a body. We don't love them
as we did when smoke was like prayer.
I had a marriage once: brown skin
that showed when unwrapped and set on fire.
Everything became rosy white and took
my breath away. It never came back.