Moving Me with Mountains

Stones on Fence

Finally, it's not just beautiful people like Blue Mountain Mama who are talking about the mountains.

I was pleasantly surprised to read about mountain-top removal in the November issue of Books and Culture. Norman Wirzba reviewed three books that mourn, celebrate, and challenge.

Says Wirzba, Missing Mountains "consists of a collection of poems, essays, short fiction, and photographs...from several of Kentucky's best known and emerging writers and artists who have committed themselves to bringing a halt to mountaintop removal." (p.44)

On a slightly different note, he discusses Lost Mountain, which examines the "contradictions and failures of our economic life" while treating us to "a year-long tour that chronicles the destruction of Lost Mountain in Perry County, Kentucky." (p.44-45)

Finally, Wirzba highlights Coal Hollow, which "bears witness, through nearly one hundred black-and-white photographs and eleven oral histories, to the painful history that has culminated in MTR." (p.45)

And so the sorrow that Blue Mountain Mama has shared with us, even as she's stood and faced a hostile crowd, is not isolated. We can read it for ourselves.

Stones photo by J Barkat. Used by permission. Green Inventions Invitation: If you write a post related to this post and Link It Back Here, let me know and I'll link to yours.



Blogger bluemountainmama said...

thanks so much for continuing this discussion, laura. it really does take all sorts to spread the word.... and i am so glad to see this topic in media, music, and the arts.....

4:59 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Blue... sometimes I think these things speak most powerfully... the arts reach into our souls in ways other things simply can't.

3:18 PM  

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