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Found Anew: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the South Caroliniana Library Digital Collections - Palmetto Poetry Series, Story River Books (Paperback)
  • Found Anew: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the South Caroliniana Library Digital Collections - Palmetto Poetry Series, Story River Books (Paperback)

Found Anew: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the South Caroliniana Library Digital Collections - Palmetto Poetry Series, Story River Books (Paperback)

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Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 30/11/2015
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Found Anew is an anthology of new poetry and prose from writers with strong ties to the Palmetto State that creatively engages with historical photographs found in the digital collections of the University of South Carolina's South Caroliniana Library. In their eclectic approach to ekphrasis--textual response to the visual--editors R. Mac Jones and Ray McManus have recruited an impressive group of poets and fiction writers, including National Book Award-winning poets Terrance Hayes and Nikky Finney (who provides the foreword); their fellow South Carolina Academy of Authors honorees Gilbert Allen, John Lane, Bret Lott, George Singleton, and Marjory Wentworth; Lillian Smith Award-winner Pam Durban, and others.

These thirty-one pairings of archival images with original creative responses illustrate the breadth and richness of the diverse talents of South Carolina writers. While the digital collections are a much-valued resource for researchers and educators, Found Anew encourages a wider use as a source of inspiration for writers and artists inventing narratives set in and about South Carolina. In coupling the poems and short stories with the images that inspired them, the anthology shows writers gauging unlikely depths in curious photographs that other eyes might pass over without a second glance, conjuring perfect words for the emotion evoked by a particular image, and rendering and reimagining the visual in seemingly disparate but ultimately linked narratives. An instructive model for active, collaborative engagement between creative writers and culturally significant visual prompts, this collection also serves to demonstrate the accessibility and scope of archival photography available through South Caroliniana's digital collections. Through these creative responses, the images are not recovered or explained--but, rather, Found Anew.

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781611175653
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm

"It would be enough for Found Anew to be a brilliantly and lovingly conceived and curated, tastefully and splendidly designed book, but it is more than that. It is filled with consistently urgent works of prose and poetry of the highest quality written by a gathering of some of the best writers working in this country today. Finally it features photographs that offer subtle and evocative flashes of South Carolinian history. This book deserves all the superlatives anyone can muster."--Kwame Dawes, author of Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems
"The idea for this project is ingenious, and the result kept me mesmerized for hours. These gifted writers can be counted on to surprise and engage no matter the prompt. But otherwise rarely seen and fascinating historic photographs inspiring these particular imaginations--well--it more than doubles the pleasures."--Susan Ludvigson

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