Michael Chitwood, "Search and Rescue: Poems"
The Regulator welcomes poet Michael Chitwood, for a reading and signing of his new collection, Search and Rescue: Poems, winner of the 2018 L. E. Phillabaum Poetry Award.
In Search and Rescue, Chitwood seeks what the pagan Celts called the thin places -- the intersection of the sacred and secular -- those luminous moments we can only partially understand. Water anchors the collection with the title poem, that explores the history of a large man-made lake and how it changes the surrounding mountain community. The poems of Search and Rescue pays homage to Whitman and Dickinson, to Heaney and Wright, in pursuit of the everyday grace of Appalachian culture and the natural landscape.
Born in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Michael Chitwood lives and works as a writer and teacher in Chapel Hill, NC.