Abiding Appalachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet. Marilou Bonham Thompson.
Abiding Appalachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet
Abiding Appalachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet
Abiding Appalachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet
Abiding Appalachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet
Abiding Appalachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet

Abiding Appalachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet

ISBN: 0918518156
Memphis, TN: St. Luke's Press, 1978. First Edition; Fourth Printing. Softcover. Inscribed & signed by Marilou Bonham Thompson to Thomas Rain Crowe. "My mountains are very old. When the Rockies birthed bare and sharp against the sky, the Smokies were already mellowed down, mantled with forests, steeped in mist, like ancients deep in thought. And to their foothills in my childhood days men brought the atom- to split it and release a force older than the earth, older, perhaps, than time itself. Where mountain and atom meet is to some a place in Tennessee- Oak Ridge, a city that came suddenly and fenced itself and drew around it ridges of oak and pine to guard the reactor that in secret split the atom. But to me, where mountain and atom meet is a spirit beyond time and place, a spirit that abides in the mountain, in the atom, in the hearts of my people- Cherokee and pioneers and other folk who through the years have come to call the mountains home." (from preface, pg. 13) A stirring book of poems & prose poems by Marilou Bonham Carter, a Cherokee-Appalachian American poet & essayist. A mystical, myriad fusion (excuse the pun) of ancient myth, nature & humanity's most consequential discovery-manipulation. Large-format softcover original, first edition originally published in September of 1978, fourth printing of August 1980 as noted on copyright page. On the title page, in a notably beautiful script, Thompson has hand-written, signed & dated: "For Thomas and Qahira-/ In spirit, Little Deer always/ has abided with you. Now/ he comes in his physical/ form, bringing love and/ best wishes-/ (signed) Awiakta (MBT)/ Oct. 17, 1984." "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 & has long returned to the Appalachian area of rural North Carolina, & shares the deep closeness that Thompson possesses with this timeless American region. "Qahira" is a Native American version of Crowe's partner's name; & "Awiakta" is Thompson's, followed by the initials of her English name. A unique literary-spiritual Thompson collectible with very significant poet-to-poet provenance & association. In fair-to-good condition with mild-to-moderate rubbing, scratching & spotting to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; extensive vertical creases across spine; mild rubbing & spotting to edges of text block. Interior fair but intact with several page leaves loosened from deteriorating, weakening glue binding; tiny bumps at corners of some of same; sparse spotting to blank areas of a few of same. Fair-Good. [Item #4002]

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