Cover art by Richard Garrison
What Travels With Us

With a story-teller's timing and the emotional range of a singer, Darnell Arnoult in her debut collection offers readers a stirring string of poems about the people of Fieldale, Virginia. A planned community founded in the Virginia foothills by Marshall Fields in the early 1900s to support his textile mill, Fieldale was populated by transplanted Appalachian mountain folk. Arnoult herself grew up there, a third-generation resident but among the first generation to leave. She took away with hser the oral history of her home, and in What Travels With Us she captures in poetic form the townspeople's voices, both remembered and imagined. Personal, poignant, and witty, Arnoult's poems look back as they move forward, demonstrating how we are always creating ourselves anew from the experiences we carry with us.

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ISBN: 0-8071-2989-5
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Praise for
What Travels With Us

The poems of What Travels with Us are intense, intimate, memorable. Darnell Arnoult opens a window on a world and land and lives now mostly gone, and lets the forgotten, the inarticulate, and the dead, speak for themselves, which means they also speak for us, as well as to us.

-Robert Morgan,
Author of Gap Creek and The Strange Attractor

In What Travels With Us, Darnell Arnoult shows her impressive ability to render both the communal and the personal, creating a densely layered collection of poems whose language rises and falls with the cadence of real voices from a community slowly losing its sense of itself, its stories, its place.  

At the center of this 'place' is the poet's eye, a sharp and discerning, yet loving, eye that is able to render these people's lives with humor and generosity.  She gives to her free verse a narrative swing and to forms like pantoum and sestina a down-home unpretentiousness. Sassy and folksy at times, yet dead-on serious, her work shows the timing of a story-teller and the emotional range of a singer.

-Kathryn Stripling Byer
Author of Back Shawl , Wildwood Flower, and The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest
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