Coal Town, 1926

Title

Coal Town, 1926

Subject

Coal Mining Exhibit

Description

Bond poem, 3 Horrell photographs

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 #7

Text

Coal Town, 1926

Night in Coal Town, Hunkie Row.
In a spill of uncut pitch we live,
floating ash from the alps of slag
the wet moon loops above as an
omen we cannot read. Here,
the cornsnow ricks dingy drifts
and a man grovels for ten-hour
turns in the space of a tomb. Here,
a swampslash of carbon defines us,
blesses us with its dark rainbow;
its oily grit flavors us like stew.

And here, tonight, a lone woman
at a lop-legged table cribbed with
cap boards like a piece of bad top
moon-watches, breathes in the ash,
the odors of stove polish and Hardwater
Castille Soap. She smiles at the way
lean flames of oil lamps flinch behind
curved glass. Her face is shining.
In the barn a blind pullhorse named
Doll stands asleep. Fresh-paid men
shuffle in line before Yates’ whorehouse.

Original Format

Three photographs of abandoned buildings

Files

The Light That Shatters Darkness #5a.jpg
The Light That Shatters Darkness #5b.jpg

Citation

David Bond, Beth Martell, Doc Horrell, “Coal Town, 1926,” SCRC Virtual Museum at Southern Illinois University's Morris Library, accessed May 25, 2019, https://scrcexhibits.omeka.net/items/show/50.

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