Kathryn Stripling Byer

(1944 / Camilla, Georgia)

Biography of Kathryn Stripling Byer

Kathryn Stripling Byer poet

Kathryn Stripling Byer is the author of six books of poetry, including Descent (LSU Press, 2012) and Southern Fictions (Jacar Press, 2011). She has served as North Carolina's poet laureate.

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Mountain Time [excerpt]

Up here in the mountains
we know what extinct means. We've seen
how our breath on a bitter night
fades like a ghost from the window glass.
We know the wolf's gone.
The panther. We've heard the old stories
run down, stutter out
into silence. Who knows where we're heading?
All roads seem to lead

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