Maurice Manning writes poems about turnips, and copperheads, and tire swings, and a woman who gets her apron strings caught in an old wringer washer. His work is dug from the ground of the Kentucky farmland where he lives. But it’s also elevated, universal, as high and expansive as the stars.
Manning was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for an earlier book of poems called “The Common Man.” He’s got a new book out just this week called “Railsplitter,” which is a series of poems written in Abraham Lincoln’s voice from beyond the grave. It’s a tribute to another plainspoken man with visions of something bigger.
Let's keep the conversation going. Who do you want to hear from next on the SouthBound podcast?
- Manning's new book, "Railsplitter"
- A profile from Garden & Gun magazine
- Reading his poem "A Wringer Washer on a Porch"
- A 40-minute British documentary on Maurice, if you want an even deeper dive
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