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“Sleeping Over on Highway 78”

Book Excerpt: My Back Pages: The Teresa Poems

“Sleeping Over on Highway 78” is included in Floyd Collins’ 2022 collection, My Back Pages: The Teresa Poems, published by Stephen F. Austin University Press.

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Fall Diptych

Meditations on a season

I want to notice the moment everything changes, like the subtle shift in daylight, when what was impossibly bright is now a smaller, deeper dark coming on.

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Not Just Another Word

Jefferson Cowie explores the troubling history of racist anti-statism in the South

With Freedom’s Dominion, Jefferson Cowie spins a dark, intricate tale of white, racist, anti-statist ideas of freedom in Alabama, revealing a sprawling history — stunning in its scope — of white resistance to federal power.

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On Modern Farming

Arwen Donahue illustrates daily life on a Kentucky farm

Life moves rapidly in the 21st century, but Arwen Donahue invites readers to slow down and consider the small moments in Landings: A Crooked Creek Farm Year.

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How You’ll Remember You Were Made from Her

Sara Moore Wagner gives voice to the addict mother in Hillbilly Madonna

In Hillbilly Madonna, Sara Moore Wagner infuses her poems of Appalachian family trauma with deep compassion and an unusual focus on women’s experiences of addiction.

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