By bell hooks
Writer, activist, feminist, instructor, and artist bell hooks is well known as one of many nation's top intellectuals. Born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, hooks drew her special 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 mirror her Appalachian upbringing and have her struggles with racially built-in colleges and unwelcome authority figures. one among Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Can swap Your Life," hooks has received extensive acclaim from critics and readers alike. In Appalachian Elegy, bell hooks keeps her paintings as an imagist of life's harsh realities in a suite of poems encouraged by way of her adolescence within the remoted hills and hidden hollows of Kentucky. without delay meditative, confessional, and political, this poignant quantity attracts the reader deep into the adventure of residing in Appalachia. relating such themes because the marginalization of its humans and the environmental degradation it has suffered through the years, hooks's poetry quietly elegizes the sluggish lack of an identification whereas additionally celebrating that that's consistent, firmly rooted in a spot that's now not complete.