Come! Come! Where? Where? Essays

James Seay, 1939-

Book - 2024

"In his first collection of essays, beloved poet James Seay explores myriad universal themes including mental illness, what it means to be a parent and to lose a child, and the complexities of when different cultures collide, all told through his experience as a writer and a lifelong Southerner. We share moments with Seay that stay with us, dipping in and out of his life and our own collective experiences: his grandmother wringing chicken necks for Sunday dinner, Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha, 9/11, TV's The Sopranos, and the American obsession with guns. In each essay, he connects these disparate topics to the South, whether his home state or his years of teaching in Virginia and North Carolina, and he transports readers to these... locales, often using Southern literature as a means of understanding culture and place. Using his poet's eye for detail, Seay offers few easy answers for the big questions he explores in this book. But walking with him on his journeys will open eyes to the possibilities, tenderness, and mysteries that surround us, hidden among everyday things"--

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Subjects
Genres
Essays
Published
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press [2024]
Language
English
Main Author
James Seay, 1939- (author)
Physical Description
174 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781469678146
9781469678139
9781469678153
  • Down among the bones, the darks, the sparrows
  • Wheat field with crows
  • The weight of a feather
  • Through the trees
  • Our hands in the history of it
  • Avian voices: trying not to kill a mockingbird
  • Snugfit eye patch: the monocular proof
  • You dumb bell
  • Where books fall open
  • A relative of Chekhov, a cousin of Chaliapin
  • Heroes
  • Damn you, love
  • One corner of Yoknapatawpha
  • Big boss man
  • The chandeliers
  • The single-wide wars
  • Dogs with agency
  • The adjustment of claims
  • Ghost beads
  • Bathing the Buddha Man.