Valedictory

Title

Valedictory

Subject

Coal Mining Exhibit

Description

Bond bio, Horrell photo, Bond poem

Creator

David Bond, Beth Martell, Doc Horrell

Source

The Light That Shatters Darkness Exhibit

Publisher

Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Contributor

Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Rights

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Format

Text, JPG photographs

Language

English

Type

Poetry, photography

Identifier

Exhibit Window #3

Text

The Light That Shatters Darkness

David Bond, a current Morris Library staff member, previously worked for more than 17 years as third shift warehouse manager above an underground coal mine. At the same time, he attended SIU as a graduate student, and received an MFA in Creative Writing.

Since then, Bond has won two Illinois Arts Council Award Fellowships, a MacDowell Artist Fellowship, and published poems in numerous literary journals. His early poems about coal mining are in the chapbook "The Light That Shatters Darkness: Poems From the Spartan Mine."

Horrell's prize-winning photography complements Bond's poetry in this exhibit. His work is also published in the books, Colors and American Chicken.

Valedictory

What will you do now,
Bolter of Roofs, Shoveler of Spillages?
Your titles mean less
than the abandoned bib-overalls
dangling from treble hooks in the washhouse.
Look down the long fall one last time,
at darkness, the secret of light.

from "At The Closing Of The Spartan Mine"

Original Format

Photograph of abandoned coal mine washhouse

Files

The Light That Shatters Darkness #2.jpg

Citation

David Bond, Beth Martell, Doc Horrell, “Valedictory,” SCRC Virtual Museum at Southern Illinois University's Morris Library, accessed December 3, 2022, https://scrcexhibits.omeka.net/items/show/47.

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