Kathryn Stripling Byer, Three Poems

Kathryn Stripling Byer has not forgotten her southern roots. True, she is the current North Carolina Poet Laureate. True, she has received accolades and praise. True, she is very, very busy. But when the Mule contacted her, asking for poems. she promptly said, “yes,” because she is as southern and polite as we are.

These poems come from Byer’s new manuscript, more mountain women’s voices.

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