By bell hooks
Writer, activist, feminist, instructor, and artist bell hooks is widely known as one of many nation's top intellectuals. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, hooks drew her exact pseudonym from the identify of her grandmother, an clever and strong-willed African American lady who encouraged her to face up opposed to a dominating and repressive society. Her poetry, novels, memoirs, and children's books replicate her Appalachian upbringing and have her struggles with racially built-in colleges and unwelcome authority figures. certainly one of Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Can switch Your Life," hooks has received huge acclaim from critics and readers alike. In Appalachian Elegy, bell hooks keeps her paintings as an imagist of life's harsh realities in a set of poems encouraged via her adolescence within the remoted hills and hidden hollows of Kentucky. right now meditative, confessional, and political, this poignant quantity attracts the reader deep into the adventure of dwelling in Appalachia. pertaining to such themes because the marginalization of its humans and the environmental degradation it has suffered through the years, hooks's poetry quietly elegizes the gradual lack of an id whereas additionally celebrating that that's consistent, firmly rooted in a spot that's now not complete.