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Writing AppalachiaAn Anthology$
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Katherine Ledford and Theresa Lloyd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178790

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178790.001.0001

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Ron Rash

Ron Rash


(p.573) Ron Rash
Writing Appalachia
Katherine Ledford, Theresa Lloyd
University Press of Kentucky

For biographical information on Ron Rash, see the headnote that accompanies his poetry in this anthology. In “The Ascent,” from Burning Bright (2010), Rash explores how methamphetamine addiction has damaged individuals, families, and mountain communities.

Jared had never been this far before, over Sawmill Ridge and across a creek glazed with ice, then past the triangular metal sign that said smoky mountains national park. If it had still been snowing and his tracks were being covered up, he’d have turned back. People had gotten lost in this park. Children wandered off from family picnics, hikers strayed off trails. Sometimes it took days to find them. But today the sun was out, the sky deep and blue. No more snow would fall, so it would be easy to retrace his tracks. Jared heard a helicopter hovering somewhere to the west, which meant they still hadn’t found the airplane. They’d been searching all the way from Bryson City to the Tennessee line, or so he’d heard at school....

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