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Praise for These I Would Keep

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This is an important book, one to be treasured. In These I Would Keep, through the poems of Alabama’s poet laureates, we are reminded of the rich literary heritage we are blessed with in our state.
A rich legacy of some of Alabama’s most beloved poets.
They, these Alabama poet laureates, do not write of headline events. They write of curling creeks, a grapevine swing, the smell of hardware stores, the legacy of Indian names, bird feeders, cutting wood for winter, deserted houses, simple themes reflecting their love of their native state.
No literary history of Alabama would be complete without a gathering of its poet laureates. These I Would Keep truly is a keepsake, both for future generations and contemporary readers who will delight in the verse of friends present and past. Who has not mourned the Holocaust, dreamed of elves, listened to the voice of wind, rain or grass, or tracked the morning star? The virtue of these very different poets, and of Helen Blackshear’s well-chosen selections from their work, is that all of them uphold the laureate’s way of taking the reader into the circle of poetry, by making poetry the circle of our common humanity.