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The Land Stacks Up

Preston Newman

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ISBN 10: 0936015330 / ISBN 13: 9780936015330
Published by Pocahontas Press
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Title: The Land Stacks Up

Publisher: Pocahontas Press

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:As New

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Just as the layers of soil and rock stack up in the mountains of Appalachia, the many subjects and perspectives of Preston Newman's Poetry come together in this sample from a lifetime of writing. Although many of these poems express their author's love of Southwestern Virginia and its people, others, such as 'Galileo Goes to War,' illustrate the anguish of World War II years, and still others his admiration for early jazz artists and sultry singers ('The Singer Goddess'). Much of this poetry is sardonic or funny ('The Indians in the Movies Say 'Ugh''), but there are also poems of quiet meditation. This collection seems to prove that good poetry is not limited by time, but reflects feelings that are as timeless and universal as the land itself.

About the Author:

J. Preston Newman was born in 1913 in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was reared in a faculty family on the Virginia Tech campus, attended public schools in Blacksburg, and received his degrees from Tech in 1935 and 1937.

Mr. Newman was a college golf coach, an avid hunter and fisherman, and a nature conservationist. He was married to Katherine Long Newman, and had two children, Preston, Jr. and Florence. He taught English at Virginia Tech for 39 years, until his retirement in 1978.

Throughout the years, he published poems in a wide variety of magazines, such as The Lyric, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. His poetry is personal and musical, frequently humorous, and always reflecting his love of nature and the mountains that nourished his spirit. Mr. Newman died in 1982 in Walterboro, South Carolina. The last poem in the book is a tribute to him from his daughter Florence.

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