Nowhere Beulah by Nicole Stockburger
"With a documentarian's eye for getting things accurate and the poet's imaginative sense of transformation, Nowhere Beulah introduces a writer of landscape and lore. In these musically and structurally inventive poems, Nicole Stockburger presents us with the significance of place—a now organic farm in North Carolina where generations strived to make a go of the land and the consequences of their existence upon it. These poems are narrative, dramatic, and lyrical and interweave the past and present—history and love. What an exciting and fine debut collection "
"If you've never driven the backroads of the Blue Ridge, never stood barefoot in a century-old family farmland with wildflowers and blackberries in your hands, Stockburger's poems will take you there. These poems mix landscape, desire, and solitude like an Andrew Wyeth painting. Nowhere Beulah is filled with the sensuous pleasures of the land, with the grit and grace of rural life. Reading this book is an experience of following a woman as she cultivates an intimate relationship with the land, and the history of those who have lived and worked there. These poems are awake to the world, and ultimately uncover what it means to be rooted."
Nicole Stockburger is the author of Nowhere Beulah (Unicorn Press, 2019). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Adroit Journal, Waxwing, and elsewhere. Nicole received an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in Studio Art and English from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied darkroom photography. Nicole was a recent fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences. She lives and works on a stretch of land in the NC foothills near her hometown, Winston-Salem.