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Kari Gunter-Seymour: An Appalachian Woman’s Guide to Beer Drinking

Belly up, you beautiful thing, strong-legged    
and twang-drawled, raised holler to mountain top, 
rich in root, fed on lard biscuits and bacon gravy.

Lick at the long-necked bottle, your tongue 
a divination, your face a fist, two sweat-moons 
where breasts ache to swing and sway. 
 
Unclasp those bindings and all who contrive them,
their straps and underwires camouflaged in curlicues, 
icy hands groping, the pitiful way you must offer 
bits of your body, your land, to earn so little 
as a pine-splint stool at their stars-and-stripes table. 

Drink to the twisted torch of freedom, washed down 
with fracking waste, red clay dust, the bitter soot 
of coal’s see ya later sucka! Say Hell Yes, 
to the crack and splinter of misogynist pulpits. 

Give rise your manifesto, each word  
draping the bud-point of every bough, 
your body never again obliged, your song 
a rush of wings, like souls releasing.




First published in Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. From Alone in the House of My Heart (Ohio University Swallow Press). Copyright 2022 Kari Gunter-Seymour.

Kari Gunter-Seymour is the founder/executive director of the Women of Appalachia Project and the Poet Laureate of Ohio.

12 comments on “Kari Gunter-Seymour: An Appalachian Woman’s Guide to Beer Drinking

  1. Lisa Zimmerman
    October 4, 2022

    What a poem.

    “Give rise your manifesto, each word
    draping the bud-point of every bough,
    your body never again obliged, your song
    a rush of wings, like souls releasing.”

    Like

  2. kim4true
    September 28, 2022

    Hell yeah, Kari!

    Like

  3. Barbara Huntington
    September 28, 2022

    Wow

    Like

  4. Rose Mary Boehm
    September 28, 2022

    yesssssss! Another terrific poem, Kari.

    Like

  5. Sean Sexton
    September 28, 2022

    Right on Kari!

    Like

  6. louisehawes
    September 28, 2022

    Here’s to freedom! Thank you, Kari.

    Like

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