Found Anew

Found Anew

Poetry and Prose Inspired by the South Caroliniana Library Digital Collections

  • Author: Jones, R. Mac; McManus, Ray; Finney, Nikky
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Serie: Palmetto Poetry Series
  • ISBN: 9781611175646
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781611175660
  • eISBN Epub: 9781611175660
  • Place of publication:  South Carolina , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2015
  • Month: October
  • Language: English

Found Anew is an anthology of new poetry and prose from writers with strong ties to the Palmetto State that creatively engages with historical photographs found in the digital collections of the University of South Carolina's South Caroliniana Library. In their eclectic approach to ekphrasis—textual response to the visual—editors R. Mac Jones and Ray McManus have recruited an impressive group of poets and fiction writers, including National Book Award-winning poets Terrance Hayes and Nikky Finney (who provides the foreword); their fellow South Carolina Academy of Authors honorees Gilbert Allen, John Lane, Bret Lott, George Singleton, and Marjory Wentworth; Lillian Smith Award-winner Pam Durban, and others.

These thirty-one pairings of archival images with original creative responses illustrate the breadth and richness of the diverse talents of South Carolina writers. While the digital collections are a much-valued resource for researchers and educators, Found Anew encourages a wider use as a source of inspiration for writers and artists inventing narratives set in and about South Carolina. In coupling the poems and short stories with the images that inspired them, the anthology shows writers gauging unlikely depths in curious photographs that other eyes might pass over without a second glance, conjuring perfect words for the emotion evoked by a particular image, and rendering and reimagining the visual in seemingly disparate but ultimately linked narratives. An instructive model for active, collaborative engagement between creative writers and culturally significant visual prompts, this collection also serves to demonstrate the accessibility and scope of archival photography available through South Caroliniana's digital collections. Through these creative responses, the images are not recovered or explained—but, rather, found anew.

Contributors: Gilbert Allen, Sam Amadon, Laurel Blossom, Darien Cavanaugh, Phebe Davidson, Pam Durban, Julia Eliot, Worthy Evans, Richard Garcia, Will Garland, Linda Lee Harper, Terrance Hayes, Thomas L. Johnson, R. Mac Jones, Julia Koets, John Lane, Brett Lott, Ed Madden, Jonathan Maricle, Terri McCord, Janna McMahan, Ray McManus, Susan Laughter Meyers, Mark Powell, Michele Reese, Mark Sibley-Jones, George Singleton, Charlene Spearen, Daniel Nathan Terry, Jillian Weise, Marjory Wentworth, William Wright

  • Cover
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations and Locations
  • Talking with the Dead: A Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Renderings
    • The House and Surrounding Fields
    • Antebellum House Party
    • Work
    • Washington Square, Charleston Tent City after the Earthquake
    • Interpreting Damage to a Huguenot Church Documentary Photo
    • Fort Jackson Enlistees Meeting Sergeant
    • Stereoscopic View: The Circular Church
    • A Portrait of Two Women
    • Swamp Rabbit Parking Lot, Train in Background
  • Reimaginings
    • Railroad Alley
    • The Art of Telling a Story about a Southern Family Living in a Small Southern Town
    • The Geologist Speaks of Phosphate
    • Pipeline
    • Train, Electric of Bob’s
    • The Cure
    • Crib Death
    • Freedman’s School
    • Humphrey
    • Calling
    • Postcard from a Civil War Reenactment
    • Possession
    • The Curator
  • Impressions
    • Edisto Gothic
    • Poem for Susan Lewis
    • It’s Time You Know Your People
    • A Brief History of Navigation
    • North
    • 11 Tanka for the Neighbors
    • August 1886
    • A Long Way Up
    • Aunt Gloriana’s Amen Sunday
  • Contributors



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