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New Covenant Bound
By T. Crunk, winner of the Yale Younger Poets prize
Our only sin was being born where we were. And not giving up on a land that often spited us.
Pain and anger resonate deeply in the voice of New Covenant Bound’s central narrator. Forced from her homeland on the Tennessee River in the 1930s, she recounts the memory of upheaval and destruction caused by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The western Kentucky area that now boasts beautiful, expansive bodies of water was once home to the houses, farms, townships, and ancestral history of some 20,000 people. Residents were subjected to three waves of forced relocation to make way for Kentucky Lake in the 1930s, Lake Barkley in the 1950s, and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in the 1960s.
Renowned poet T. Crunk intersperses narrative prose and lyric verse to explore the devastation one family experienced in this often-overlooked episode in Kentucky history. The voices of a grandmother and grandson speak to each other across time, evoking the relentless advance of irrevocable forces that changed the land forever.
About the Author:
T. Crunk, winner of the 1994 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize and writer-in-residence at the Alabama Writers’ Forum “Writing our Stories” project, is the author of Living in the Resurrection and Parables and Revelations. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
“The book is sad and beautiful in its effects; its artistry is complex and sophisticated, the work of a consummate craftsman, making use of original stanza patterns and intricate lineation. The quality of Crunk’s lyricism is rare in contemporary American poetry; passages of New Covenant Bound are among the most moving and visionary work I-ve seen in a long time.” -Maurice Manning, author of The Common Man: Poems