Brier, His Book: Poems by Jim Wayne Miller. Jim Wayne Miller.
Brier, His Book: Poems by Jim Wayne Miller

Brier, His Book: Poems by Jim Wayne Miller

ISBN: 0917788346
Frankfort, KY: Gnomon Press, 1988. First Softcover Printing (Review Copy). Softcover. "North of the Ohio River migrants from the southern Appalachians are known as Briers. The Brier, a quintessential Appalachian, first appeared in Jim Wayne Miller's The Mountains Have Come Closer (Appalachian Consortium Press, 1980)." ("Note on Brier" preceding poems) A collection of poems by Jim Wayne Miller (1936-1996), the great North Carolina-born poet who could be deemed the honorary Poet Laureate of Appalachia, the fabled American region. In these poems, Miller breaks through the stereotypes of this sometimes misunderstood area to celebrate its self-sufficient culture close to nature. With beautiful front cover illustration, evocative of Appalachia & literature, by Ann Di Salvo. This is the first trade-format softcover edition in sewn binding, published simultaneously with a hardcover edition. On shorter title page, the words "Review/ Copy" are stamped. From the library of Thomas Rain Crowe, the acclaimed poet & publisher who is a fellow North Carolinian & kindred Appalachian spirit of Miller; & who was at the center of the Baby Beat Generation/ Second San Francisco Renaissance during the 1970s (see our book, Starting from San Francisco, item No. 3071, Deluxe Edition No. 3075). Among the poems are occasional check marks, parentheses & similar marginalia by Crowe in light pencil- not effecting legibility, & we believe an enrichment, clues to emphasis & inspiration by a brother Appalachian poet. A desirable Miller collectible with very relevant association & provenance. In fine condition with slight rubbing, browning, creasing & occasional spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; very short, closed tears at upper spine-edges & corners; moderate spotting to edges of text block. Interior fine with Crowe's pencil notations noted above; sparse spotting at blank areas of a few page leaves; tiny bumps at some & small creases at a few corners of same. Fine. [Item #3603]

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