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Appalachia in Regional ContextPlace Matters$
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Dwight B. Billings and Ann E. Kingsolver

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175324

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175324.001.0001

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Reclaiming Place

Reclaiming Place

Making Home

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Appalachia in Regional Context

bell hooks

University Press of Kentucky

bell hooks’s poems from her book Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place are reprinted throughout this collection, illustrating how place matters. In this chapter on reclaiming place and making home, the author describes her life journey from growing up in rural Kentucky—experiencing both racial apartheid and a connection with the land and generations of family there—to her adult life outside the state and then her return to make her home in Berea and reclaim Kentucky as a place. She describes that process of making home, living with love, and broader connections among people of color, the land, and environmental activism.

Keywords:   place, poetry, people of color, land, love, home, environmental activism, Kentucky, rural areas, racial apartheid

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