Rebecca Cushman, Mountain Gal

Illustration by Julienne Alexander.

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Rebecca Cushman, Mountain Gal

by Michael McFee
Southern Cultures, Vol. 24, No. 2: Summer 2018

“Cushman is always an elegist, in prose or poetry, writing about ‘the old life’ and its characters, all passing away, as she herself is.”

1. Making acute scoops of the words

Several years ago, I was strolling the up-and-down downtown streets of Asheville, looking forward to a local ipa and some good grub in a few hours. As usual, I’d made a literary pilgrimage to the bookshops, just to be sure there wasn’t an irresistible new or affordable rare book I might need to own; but there was nothing that I and my wallet couldn’t resist.