The Coal Miner’s Wife: A Letter

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The Coal Miner’s Wife: A Letter

by Joseph Bathanti
Southern Cultures, Vol. 20, No. 4: Winter 2014

"my father, as yours, deep in the pit, my mother silent as plums . . . "

(as Ezra Pound’s adaptation, from the Chinese,
of Li Po’s “The River-Merchant’s Wife, A Letter”)
“Southern women have alabaster skin.” Li Po

We were from the same town, Cowen,
along the Gauley, Webster
County—church, twice of Sunday,
Wednesday evening prayer meeting.