By Kathryn Stripling Byer
Navigating the harmful currents of kin and race, Kathryn Stripling Byer's 6th poetry assortment confronts the legacy of southern reminiscence, the place too frequently "it's more secure to stick blind."
Beginning with "Morning Train," a reaction to Georgia blues musician worthy Bryant, Byer sings her manner via a look for id, recalling the hardscrabble lives of her relations within the series "Drought Days," and dealing with her inheritance as a white southern lady growing to be up amid racial department and violence. The poet encounters her personal naive complicity in southern racism and demanding situations the narrative of her place of birth, the "Gone with the Wind" mythology that also haunts the region.
Ultimately, Descent creates a delicate reconciliation among earlier and current, calling again and again to rejoice being, as within the book's last manifesto, "Here. the place I am."