Looking for Native Ground

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Looking for Native Ground


Fred Chappell, Jeff Daniel Marion, Jim Wayne Miller, and Robert Morgan are primarily folk artists who write poetry about people doing common, everyday tasks. Each poet in his own unique style illustrates a strong sense of place and community. All natives to the Appalachian region, these poets come from an agrarian community that they had to leave behind to enter the world of academia. Looking For Native Ground was published in 1989 comparing Chappell, Marion, Miller, and Morgan because of their place at the forefront of the regional literary movement in the 1980s.

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American poetry--Appalachian Region--History and criticism
American poetry--20th century--History and criticism
Chappell, Fred, 1936-
Marion, Jeff Daniel, 1940-
Miller, Jim Wayne
Morgan, Robert, 1944-

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Contemporary Appalachian Poetry


Fred Chappell, Jeff Daniel Marion, Jim Wayne Miller, and Robert Morgan describe a life and a place so clearly through particular and narrow details that others can experience them as well. By synthesizing their personal past, present, and imagined future they transcend the region and bring wider understanding of the mountain culture in a state of flux.


Rita Sims Quillen


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Original Publisher: Appalachian Consortium Press

Digital Publisher: Appalachian State University


June 1, 2017

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August 5, 2017

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Rita Sims Quillen, “Looking for Native Ground,” Appalachian State University Digital Collections, accessed March 23, 2018, http://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/43807.