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Ron Rash

Ron Rash’s family has lived in the southern Appalachian Mountains since the 1700s. He has published numerous books of poetry, story collections, and novels. He holds the John Parris Chair of Appalachian Studies at Western Carolina University.


The Exchange

Summer 2000 | Poetry

Between Wytheville, Virginia
and the North Carolina line,
he meets a wagon headed
where he's been, seated beside
her parents a dark-eyed girl


Summer 2000 | Poetry

The feast-huddle explodes when I approach,
a gray fox remains, whitening to bone.
The risen wait in the limbs above
for me to glance the marker, pass on.