The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest. Kathryn Stripling Byer.
The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest
The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest
The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest
The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest

The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest

ISBN: 0896721396
Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech Press, 1986. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed (twice) by Kathryn Stripling Byer to Thomas Rain Crowe. "My father made the birds fly overhead/ that afternoon in late fall when he lifted me/ above the weeds as tall as I was then/ into a wagon load of hay. There at the field's edge/ while he whistled, restless in the cold,/ I watched the shadows of the nearby pines/ trail the woods like tattered clouds." ("Dusk," first stanza, pg. 8) The first collection of poems by Kathryn Stripling Byer (1944-2017), the Georgia-born American poet who settled in North Carolina, where she was its Poet Laureate during 2005-2009. With an introduction by the distinguished poet & professor James Applewhite, where he writes: "In the work of Kathryn Stripling Byer we encounter a poetic voice which is unusually warm and intensely human. The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest presents a person who has mastered those roles society in the past marked out as woman's, as she moves on from wife, mother, queen of the harvest into a less explored terrain of identity and expression." First trade-format softcover edition, published simultaneously with a hardcover edition. On the dedication page, Byer has hand-written, signed & dated at time of publication: "(flourish)/ For Thomas,/ With my best wishes./ I hope you like these/ poems- the corn, the/ pigs, the grit and/ grime of south Georgia./ (signed) Kay/ May 17, 1986." "Thomas" is Thomas Rain Crowe, the acclaimed poet & publisher 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). Crowe was born, had then returned to & still lives in rural North Carolina where Byer, her husband & daughter resided. Additionally, Byer has signed her name in full on title page above her printed name. A moving & poignant Byer collectible, with important poet-to-poet association & provenance. In very fine condition with only light rubbing & sparse, light creasing, scratching to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of same; light spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine with only light browning & sparse spotting to inner covers & endpapers; tiny bumps at corners of a few page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3684]

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