This slim journal out of Berea College, Kentucky, lives up to its name, with an intriguing showcase of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews, and photographs by regional writers and artists.
Judith Victoria Hensley’s photographs are particularly striking. They communicate a mystical love of the land. The simple directness of Jeff Mann’s poems, “Single Men” and “The Harvest of Motes,” make them memorable. Mary Susan Imo’s poem “The New Dead” is chilling because the imagery is so familiar.
James B. Goode is the featured contemporary author, and Byron Herbert Reece is the featured historical author. A solid cross-section of their work is presented, along with essays about their work. The best of these is Mildred White Greear’s “An Unlikely Friendship” about Reece.
The book reviews included cover an interesting cross section of regional books, published mostly by small presses.
The writing of Appalachian Heritage often whispers rather than sings. The exception is the poetry, which is allowed its more individual voices. Sense of place is strong in all the work, and the writing is intriguing enough to conjure fantasies of travel to the region. The journal would be a good addition to anyone’s subscription list, but especially recommended to college students and university libraries. [Appalachian Heritage, CPO 2166, Berea, Kentucky 40404. . Single issue $6.00. www.berea.edu/ApCenter/AppHeritage.html] - DE