Friday, June 5, 2009

The Kudzu Chronicles — Poetry of the South

By Beth Ann Fennelly. She and her husband, Tom Franklin, a short story writer, both teach at Ole Miss. In my opinion, Beth Ann Fennelly is the one of — if not the— best poet writing today. Her poems of the South and her life in Mississippi are simply captivating. This video is of her reading an excerpt from "The Kudzu Chronicles", a rather long poem. Contained within the complete poem are references to Faulkner, the Neshoba County Fair and her home in Oxford.

Missionary Work — few folks really like poetry. Some say they do. By clicking on here, you may either read "The Kudzu Chronicles" or, if you prefer, listen to her reading it and discover her for yourself.

The Kudzu Chronicles

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The University
of Mississippi
Department of English
Beth Ann Fennelly

Associate Professor of English

Office: Bondurant W104
Telephone: 662-915-7914

1 comment:

Martha Markline Hopkins said...

Wonderful stuff.

A grad painting student at UA made paintings with kudzu juice and attached parts of the vines to the paper. Many artists find it an ever-present subject.