I desire this blog to introduce and showcase contemporary Tennessee poets– because poetry is a language the modern populace needs to hear and speak more often. Because carefully placed words can form a new thought that my soul says “Yes” to. Because when I drive Tennessee’s country roads for hours every day, I can’t help but write lines about their beauty. Because these voices deserve to be heard.
In addition, some of the posts will highlight two major events in Nashville: The Southern Festival of Books (Oct. 11-13) and local poetry readings at The Scarritt-Bennett Center (every fourth Thursday night of the month) by featuring authors who will be speaking at the fast-approaching festival and specific poets that will grace the stage at Poet’s Corner. Each week I will recognize a poet from my beloved state by describing their connection to Tennessee, introducing their work through a selected poem, providing a balanced analysis of the piece, and finishing with my personal response.
I am thrilled to put my hand to this new project. It is my great hope that many of you will join me in this endeavor to acknowledge and celebrate the hearts and labors of my fellow Tennessee writers.