Memory Train, the newest collection of poems from regional writer and artist Larry D. Thacker, takes readers to extraordinary and ordinary places in our world, stopping off at mythic places along the meandering way that leave us wondering about our lives. The poems travel and extensive range of internal and external emotions, threading in elements of life and death, using the language of landscape, reaching out for the natural world we can see and mysterious worlds that escape our understanding. “Writing this was more of a mental and cultural journey,” says Thacker, “than just forming a collection of poems.”
“Thacker has written a set of poems so rich and muscular in its music,” offers Jesse Graves, author of Basin Ghosts and Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine, “that readers will think of the best of Ted Hughes, or of early Seamus Heaney.”
Thacker says, “These poems are a continued dance with learning who I am and who we are as early 21st century Appalachians and people. Some of my poems serve as prayers for understanding, some as a means of expressing frustration, some for recognizing our special relationship with our surroundings. All are rooted somewhere in the mystery of life behind the scenes of our daily lives, a place that often demands my attention in writing.”
This is Thacker’s second book of poetry, his first being Voice Hunting, in 2011. His first book, Mountain Mysteries: The Mystic Traditions of Appalachia (2007, Overmountain Press) is now in its second printing. Thacker and his wife, Karin, split their time these days between his hometown of Middlesboro, and their home in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Copies of Memory Train are available at https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=2384 or on Amazon.
Find out more at www.larrydthacker.com.