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Monday, September 21, 2020
A Poem for Sen. Thom Tillis
Was A Man
by Philip Booth
Was a man, was a two- faced man, pretended he wasn't who he was, who, in a men's room, faced his hung-over face in a mirror hung over the towel rack. The mirror was cracked. Shaving close in that looking glass, he nicked his throat, bled blue blood, grabbed a new towel to patch the wrong scratch, knocked off the mirror and, facing himself, almost intact, in final terror hung the wrong face back.
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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