Elaine Fowler Palencia: “I grew up in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, the descendant of Appalachian farmers and teachers on both sides. Much of my writing draws on that background. I owe my sense of place, scale, and identity to Appalachia.” (web)
The Summer 2021 issue features a tribute to Appalachian Poets. More than 25 million people call Appalachia home, and it’s a region known for its storytelling. The 22 poets in this special section prove that to be the case, writing about family, history, and modern life. The tribute section was so good, we had to stretch the issue to 124 pages to fit it all in.
In the open section, the poems are as strong as ever, featuring reader favorites Francesca Bell and Ted Kooser, along with a number of excellent poets new to Rattle’s pages, writing about everything from sexual desire to cancer, big foot to peeing in the pool, including a long poem from Clemonce Heard on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre.