Major funding for issue 11 of Elder Mountain was provided by Lynn Morrow. Thank you, Lynn!
Issue 11 of Elder Mountain is now available through Amazon, Barnes &Noble, and numerous on-line sellers.
Cover price is $10.00, (although Amazon may temporary inflate the price).
Faith Collins served as the general editor of this issue.
The table of contents and editor’s note appear below.
Table of Contents
Editor’s Note / 7
Peele’s Barn / 9
Black Cemetery Outside of Town / 10
Amy Wright Vollmar
Fly-Up-the-Creek / 18
Abandon / 19
Byway / 21
The Idea of Order in Arkansas / 38
The Crossing / 60
At the Table / 61
Vinyl / 62
For the Man about to Lose His Job at Dillons / 81
Childhood / 97
Buying the House / 97
Come Again, Carolina Wren / 115
Tuning the Melon / 116
The Intersection of Time and Place / 129
Hold Fast / 130
Dirty Old Man / 11
Michelle Collins Anderson
Extra Innings / 39
C. D. Albin
Green Grass of Home / 98
Ecology of the Ozarks: Framing a Critical Place Conscious Pedagogy through Ecological Literacy / 22
Who is Loyal? / 64
John J. Han
Doctrinally Unbound, Closer to Christ: Harold Bell Wright’s The Calling of Dan Matthews / 88
Those Little Brown Cows / 117
Remembering the River of Used to Be / 120
Before We had Duct Tape / 122
Before the Lakes Came In / 124
Summer Silence Enwraps the Old Farm / 127
Zero the Hero; or, From Factory Worker to Superhero in Sixty Days / 131
The Present Past / 82
Phillip Howerton on Gerry Sloan’s Fractals / 140
C. D. Albin on James Fowler’s Field Trip / 142
N. S. Boone on Paulette Guerin’s Wading through Lethe / 145
Rocky Macy on Dwight Pogue’s 1961 Ozark Breakaway: The Year McDonald County Seceded from Missouri / 150
C. D. Albin on Steve Wiegenstein’s Scattered Lights / 153
Paulette Guerin on Dave Malone’s Tornado Drill / 156
Tim G. Nutt on Sara K. Eskridge’s Rube Tube: CBS and Rural Comedy in the Sixties / 159
Gerry Sloan on Greg Zeck’s LOST & FOUND: Poems Found All Around / 161
C. D. Albin on John Mort’s Oklahoma Odyssey / 163
Leigh Adams on Mary Kennedy McCord’s Queen of the Hillbillies / 166
Contributors / 168
Welcome to Issue 11 of Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozark Studies! Everything changes, and the Ozarks is a changing place. Although some changes are welcome, they are often accompanied by a sense of loss. In fact, a sense of place and an attachment to a region are almost always linked with a sense of loss, and a connection between change and loss run through this issue of Elder Mountain.
Regional change is evident in much of this work as the contributors consider the past, present, and future of this region. Reflecting on the past, Wilson Allen and Jim Hamilton consider some of what the region might have lost in so-called progress. In the present, John Mort and Michelle Collins Anderson examine change in relationships between people. And looking to the future, Cathie English examines the possibilities of creating, examining, and sustaining a sense of place.
Some authors focus their work on change but use the feeling of loss to move the reader back in time. Others touch on losses with some humor and remark that some things needed to be lost, and still others give their work a subtle feeling of loss that grows almost imperceptibly until the final word is reached. Jenny Crews, Jim Hamilton, and Marcus Cafagña all engage some level and sense of loss.
This issue presents sixteen poems, three short stories, nine essays, and ten book reviews —the work of twenty writers. I would like to thank all these contributors and the readers for their interest in Ozark studies and for supporting Elder Mountain. I also wish to thank Dr. Howerton for inviting me to serve as editor. I have enjoyed learning about the Ozarks and connecting with the amazing people involved in Ozarks studies.