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Porch People is the story of growing up Cajun in a large family. In the days before air conditioning and television, when families met each morning and evening on their porches, family stories filled their conversations. Their oral history was at once established and preserved.
Porch People chronicles the story of one Louisiana family whose history spans more than a hundred years. Vintage family photographs and Adams'contemporary voice in the prose and poetry, recount the unique perspective of being raised Cajun in the nineties. Original line drawings on velum between text and photos add a third dimension to the story, reminding the reader of the passage of time and that a family's stories can be told but never re-made.
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Born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and descended from two founding families, Jean Mouton and Michel Meaux, Marilynn Fournet Adams writes the poetry and short stories that rise from her rich history. She was selected a 1998 winner in The Deep South Writer's Conference Inter-Art Collaboration and her work has been published in the Thema Literary Journal. Porch People is her first book in publication.Review:
"Adams' poetic tribute to south Louisiana French life is by turns tart, biting and ironic. The poems are written in a smart, sophisticated style. She avoids the well-trampled grounds of fais do-dos, crawfish boils and other Cajun cliches. Each poem is accompanied by a complementary photograph. Don't let the pictures distract you from the poems...they stand alone."
Richard Baudouin, Literary Reviewer, The Times of Acadiana -- Richard Baudouin, Literary Reviewer, The Times of Acadiana
"An unusual blending of old photographs and new poetry strikes a harmonious chord in Porch People by Marilynn Fournet Adams. The free verse renderings are...quality poetry not just family memorials. Adams is a talented writer. The use of the old photographs is inspired." -- Greg Langley, The Sunday Advocate
"The resonant poems in Porch People, by Marilynn Fournet Adams, conjure old Acadiana, its people, and their ways with stunning clarity -- there's a forceful nostalgia here that transcends regionalism. Evocative photographs and ghostly drawings provide a brilliant setting for each of these gem-like poems. Porch People is a beautiful book." -- George Clark, author of The Small Bees'Honey
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Book Description AuCajunal Publishing, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111893465004
Book Description AuCajunal Publishing, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1893465004