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Betty Adcock

BETTY ADCOCK is author of five books of poems from LSU Press, most recently Intervale: New and Selected Poems (2001), finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize as well as co-winner (with Caroline Kizer) of the 2003 Poets’ Prize. A Guggenheim Fellow for 2002-2003, she teaches at Meredith College and at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Adcock has twice been a Pushcart Prizewinner, and has won North Carolina’s Governor’s Medal for Literature, and the Texas Institute of Letters Prize. She was Distinguished Visiting Professor at North Carolina State University in 2003. Walking Out (poems), Louisiana State University Press, 1975. Nettles, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1983. Beholdings, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1988. Difficult Wheel, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 1995. Intervale: New and Selected Poems, Louisiana State University Press (Baton Rouge, LA), 2001.


Why White Southern Poets Write the Way We Do

Winter 2004 | Poetry

Because we were the last ones deserted by the God of visions and serpents— because an August field can levitate on the ratcheting din of cicadas, and the magnolia, offering its melted candles, burns invisible prayers onto sunlight— because eve [...]