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Holding Everything Down
William Notter’s stunning collection Holding Everything Down explores the everyday struggles, triumphs, and desires of rural Americans. With disarming humor and remarkable honesty, Notter delves into the most personal longings of those who inhabit America’s countrysides: places bound by secrets and ghosts, where joy is discovered in the most unlikely of locations, and even ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published October 14th 2009 by Southern Illinois University Press
(first published 2009)
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William Notter's HOLDING EVERYTHING DOWN is a five-star book of poems that places the reader behind the wheel of a reliable purple Duster with "clutch that makes a chattering sound" to make the grand tour of Americana's soul. The reader meets the Dead Man who removes the large beasts that die in inconvenient places, the Radio Man who is so intelligent he gets sent to an asylum and drunks and druggies trying to get straight. Along Route 66 and Wyoming highways, at Parchman Farm and pausing at the ...more
Desolation does not have to mean ruins. Instead, desolation can mean determination, a quiet strength. And that's what we see in William Notter's Holding Everything Down -- a quiet strength. The landscape found in Notter's first collection of poetry is beautiful -- we see "red clay and gravel summits" and a mountain range's "violet lips." We also see the desert and a trickle of streams. But what is even more important is the people in the collection. Connecting lives with landscapes, Notter captu ...more