Appalachian poets Barbara Duncan, Brent Martin and Thomas Rain Crowe hosted a thought-provoking evening featuring their recently published book of poems, “Every Breath Sings Mountains,” at the Rickman Store in Cowee last Friday.
The joint project rejoices in the landscape and heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains, intended to inspire readers to cherish and protect these ancient lands from unwarranted development. “Every Breath Sings Mountains” is the the seventh chapbook from the more extensive Voices from the American Land, a project founded in 2008 by a group of writers, graphic designers and editors who had worked together for several years on on a series of local poetry readings which featured environmental concerns in different sites of the nation. The mission of Voices from the American Land is to bring the prestige and imaginative power of contemporary poetry, both spoken and in print, to raise awareness and aid in the defense of significant lands and landscapes of North America. “Every Breath Sings Mountains” is the third book of the second volume in the series.