Memories of Coal: Miner Dollars

Title

Memories of Coal: Miner Dollars

Subject

Coal Mining Exhibit

Description

Bond poem, Horrell photo, Martell background

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 #13

Text

Memories of Coal: Miner Dollars

Deep underground
between tapestries

of dusted coal face
and black shale

seams they chisel
loose pyrite discs

called “dollars”
dense auric crystals

not worth much
yet hoarded and

caressed as if time
present and time

past might be
captured in an icon

and I wonder if
they ever feel

sudden yearning
an uneasy hunger for

shallow seas among
the calamites and

those scarabs of sun
a world of blind

fish and crickets
where some fear

the darkness
yet return to it.

Original Format

Photographs of miner eating lunch, miner dollars

Files

The Light That Shatters Darkness #10a.jpg
The Light That Shatters Darkness #10b.jpg

Citation

David Bond, Beth Martell, Doc Horrell, “Memories of Coal: Miner Dollars,” SCRC Virtual Museum at Southern Illinois University's Morris Library, accessed August 11, 2022, https://scrcexhibits.omeka.net/items/show/55.

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