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Poetry. Winner of the 2002 Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition. "Now, from Johnston County, North Carolina, comes Possum, incarnate as the fittest, a perfect icon of human (and godly) imperfection. Wanting, celebrating, and grieving from his forever-returned-to-perch in the archetypal tree (a persimmon, of course), he travels the destroying highway to the shopping mall and CNN. From the ruined lost farms, Possum sees all, tells all, survives all - and all from his own small corner of the world. As Poet, Possum writes with a talented tail, asks why a persimmon is, asks all the right questions, and answers them with...Possum! Clever, sad, lyrical; harsh and sweet at once, the way a persimmon is, these poems make us glad that Possum is "his own legend" and "walks with opposable thumnbs/on feet of open forms'" - Betty Adcock.
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Shelby Stephenson grew up on a farm near Benson, in NC. Most of his poems came out of that background, where memory and imagination play on one another. After leaving the farm for college, Stephenson graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he studied law; the University of Pittsburgh; and the University of Wisconsion-Madison. He is professor of English at UNC-Pembroke. He has received the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Memorial Award, the North Carolina Writers' Network Chapbook Prize, and the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literature.Review:
"...'Possum' is a mysterious mystical, and courageous creature, as spooky and suggestive as a half-seen haint. -- Fred Chappell
"...Possum is 'his own legend' and 'walks with opposable thumbs / on feet of open forms.'" -- Betty Adcock
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Book Description Bright Hill Press, 2004. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 1892471221_abe_bn
Book Description Bright Hill Press, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1892471221
Book Description Bright Hill Press, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1892471221