“Tobacco Road” by Gary Copeland Lilley

Poet Gary Copeland Lilley’s most recent collection, High Water Everywhere,  focuses on the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898, when white supremacists in Wilmington, North Carolina, staged a coup two days after the town had elected a government consisting of a white mayor and biracial city council.  Copeland was born in North Carolina, and spent much of his youth there, and a closer-to-the-present-day North Carolina serves as the setting for “Tobacco Road,” originally published in Willow Springs 73.

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1 Comment

  • Deborah Hammond says:

    I don’t know when I’ve read a poem quite like this one. The details of nature, alive and swinging, are vivid within the persistent tension throughout the poem. There’s a strange quickening of life here while death is beating on the door.

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