Summar West

Buncombe County

I wasn’t born there but lived there.
The place my parents named when I asked 
about the unknown. More has followed: 
why the past shines down my spine 
when we drive across Unaka, toward Farner, 
and I get the feeling we are being driven 
by the light. Our Appalachian 
dead—gone down where the hollow
won’t let them speak save in shivers.


Summar West was born and raised in East Tennessee and currently resides in Montpelier, Vermont. Summar’s poems and prose have been published in Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Tar River Poetry, Ellipsis, Numero Cinq, and forthcoming in 491.


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