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Raising the Dead

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  133 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Raising the Dead is Ron Rash's third book of poetry. The overall theme is loss, both the social loss from the disappearance of communities due to the external effects of technology, and the personal loss from the death of a family member. The book is divided into five sections with the first and last dealing with the social impacts of the flooding of the Jocassee Valley on ...more
Unknown Binding, 75 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Iris Press
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Larry Bassett
Apr 23, 2014 Larry Bassett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is the third book of collected poetry by Ron Rash and was published in this book format in 2002. Many of the poems were previously published in journals and magazines. Rash put out a couple of books in quick succession of collected works. Clearing the deck while he has the chance. His popularity has taken off with his recent success of Serena. His fans are looking back to his early work, poetry that has its origins in Appalachian Welsh culture.

Dams creating reservoirs that cover the history
Erika Dreifus
Jun 20, 2010 Erika Dreifus added it
Shelves: poetry
Maybe the only thing more powerful than reading Ron Rash's poems is hearing Ron Rash read them in person. By the time he'd finished "Black-Eyed Susans," from the second section of this book, our entire row was in tears.
Cathy DuPont
Apr 28, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Ron Rash's poetry. One reason, besides the high recommendation from my GR friend Larry Bassett, is because Daddy was from western NC, northern GA and a family cemetery was relocated before the Hiwassee Dam was built.

There are many unknown burials in the Ledford Cemetery. But they are all my family in spirit.

I am so proud to have such close connections to the Smoky Mountains and the people there. They are hard working, religious, good solid people that I'm happy to call family. Ron Rash
Mar 18, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
A series of poems mostly centers on Appalachia. Water, ghosts, nature. Having grown up in western NC, the imagery spoke to my heart. The heart and soul of the mountains and its people...
Tabitha Vohn
Feb 06, 2017 Tabitha Vohn rated it liked it
Shelves: high-brow, poetry just wasn't for me, and that's no fault of the poet.

Raising the Dead is a very accomplished collection that gives insight into rural life in Appalachia. It relies heavily on nature imagery and narrative; both of which are fine...if that's the type of poetry you enjoy.

I prefer a more confessional genre of poetry. The distance that the poet places between himself and the subject matter then left me with a feeling of indifference and an inability to connect to the subject matter. However
David Ward
Raising the Dead by Ron Rash (Iris Press 2002)(811) is a collection of the poetry of noted author Ron Rash. I liked this very much; the author never strays from the South that he knows. The darkest offering here is "Madison County 1934" which the author later turned into an unforgettable short story. Other themes included cold-blooded abandonment ("Kephart in the Smokies"), irretrievable loss ("Carolina Parakeets"), and the loss of homeland("Beyond the Dock"). This is a valuable addition to the ...more
Jan 03, 2014 Alarie rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Waking (5 stars) was more consistently good. In it, as in Rash’s novel, Serena, I was bowled over by his power of description. The early poems in this book seemed to be a bit too straightly narrative and less poetic, but by section II (of V), he won me over again. My favorite metaphor was in finding an old pocket watch in a creek whose “hands do not move, remain still at six-thirty, one placed on the other like dead man’s hands.”
Jan 17, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
If you've never read Ron Rash's poetry, this book is a good place to start, narrative poems with a common theme. I especially liked "Beyond the Dock," "Black Eyed Susans," and "At Reid Hartley's Junkyard."
Scott Thompson
May 20, 2012 Scott Thompson rated it it was amazing
I love this book of poems so much that I keep it in the car with me. When I'm waiting for someone or have a few minutes alone I open the book and read a poem or two. Rash has captured the region and the feelings.
Scott Holstad
May 09, 2012 Scott Holstad rated it it was ok
Really boring nature poetry. I bought it because the author taught at the university I attended. However, I was far from impressed and rather glad I never had a class with him. I prefer Bukowski and the Beats, thank you very much.
Mar 10, 2016 TJ rated it really liked it
If you are familiar with any of Ron Rash's works of fiction, you will see ties specific stories here among this collection of poetry.
Nov 27, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
I love Ron Rash. And reading these poems, which are closely connected to his first novel (and my favorite of his) One Foot in Eden, is a special joy.
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Read slowly, and pay attention to the low, long, soft vowel sounds.
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Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and four collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other St ...more
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