I’m pleased to learn that my friend Jim Minick has had a most productive visitation of the Muse, most recently evidenced by the release of his second book of poetry this year, Burning Heaven.
I was priviledged some months back to read the manuscript of this very satisfying book of accessible poetry (there is much of the other kind out there) towards the goal of helping Jim find from my image archives a suitable cover that would best represent the title. The shot is from Buffalo Mountain.
By all means, stop by Wind Publications site and read the brief reviews of Burning Heaven. Then get a copy for yourself or as a gift for a friend who cherishes the feel and energy of language.
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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.