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Raising the Dead Paperback – 1 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestseller Serena and Above the Waterfall, in addition to four prizewinning novels, including The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and six collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.
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Amazon.com: 11 reviews
Poems for the Connected
19 October 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a Southerner, but not from the mountain region that Rash writes about in this little book of poems, but I do relate well to the poems. Maybe because I spent time living in the mountains when I was around 20 years old, or maybe his poems reach across to everyone. Rash is a highly talented novelist and poet. I love this book. In fact, I keep it in my truck so that I can read it when I have down time. It's nice to open the windows on a nice day and read a few poems from this book.
Natalie C. Gibson
A Poetic Treasure
20 April 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
Ron Rash's Raising the Dead focuses on the theme of loss, both on a personal and on a community wide scale. The poems read like chapters within a longer work of fiction, telling the story of the Jocassee Valley community which is set to be flooded by the power company. These poems deal with the land itself, the connection of the people to their homes, and with the horrible situation of having to "raise the dead" from their original graves to relocate them before the valley is completely flooded. These poems are haunting and wonderfully written, but the most powerful poems in the collection deal with Rash's own personal grief over the death of his cousin. These bittersweet poems simultaneously reminisce about carefree days spent with his cousin and mourn his loss. I am sure that everyone who reads this collection will find at least one poem they cannot forget; for me, that poem is "The Debt." My first reading of this poem brought me to tears, and I am still haunted by the imagery and emotion bound within its slight 20-line frame. Focusing on Rash's aunt and uncle as they select the coffin for their son's funeral, this poem chronicles the sacrifices parents make for their children. One of the most heartbreaking things anyone can imagine is the death of a child, and the willingness of this couple to break their backs in their fields for years to pay for the best possible coffin for their son is an amazing testimony to love which knows no bounds. Rash is an amazing author, whether he is writing fiction or poetry. His ability to focus on complex emotions within the tight confines of his favored seven-syllable line poetry makes him a true master of his craft. Although largely defined as an Appalachian author, this collection of Rash's poetry speaks to everyone who has experienced loss and is truly a treasure of modern poetry.
27 June 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent, moving work. I find myself returning to it often.
Rash on the Rise
20 January 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
Ron Rash is an up-and-coming Southern writer. Content and language captures the South of today and yesterday. Quick reading with both the humorous and serious mixed in such a fashion that the reader wants to get to the next page, the next scenerio, the outcome. I have several of his works and they are all terrific.
Ron Rash Fan Here!
15 October 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
Ron Rash's words in poetry or books are excellent and so, so readable.