I was once so touched that I nonetheless have tears,
and a number of dropped in your poems.
I will regularly love you,
- Dolly Parton
Like not anything else in Tennessee or at any place else, Stephen Roger Powers' The Follower's story explores the lovestorms, hardships and delights lengthy yarned and yodeled in state songs, yet this whirlwind of a suite straight away ironizes, subverts and deepens the miseries and joys of craving with no ever taking its eyes off the magnificent Dolly Parton. because the narrator observes, fantasizes or even channels the Pigeon Forge nightingale, he discovers that her down-to-earth royal kitsch offers the foremost to life's so much elusive mysteries. by the point Powers has labored his magic, even the slovenly wasteland may want to wig up and warble a refrain of "Jolene."
- R.T. Smith
Zecchinos, rickshaws, Gitanes, the Dollywood exhibit, gunshots, crack, Lorine Niedecker, and the Chasing Rainbows Museum are all woven jointly in those large-languaged, visioned, religious, sensual poems. those poems are shrewdpermanent, full of life, and incredible. they appear at the United States and past to common wants & appetites, throughout the microcosm of Dollywood & its rhinestone founder.
- Susan Firer
Dolly Parton as soon as acknowledged that what she desires to do as a performer is lead them to snort a bit, cause them to cry a bit, scare the hell out of them and pass domestic. Stephen Roger Powers has taken this to center and written a publication of poems that provides us the United States during the lens of 1 of our best unnatural assets. learn it and weep, and snort and canopy your eyes. this is often Dollywood.
- Dorianne Laux
The poetry of Stephen Roger Powers has extraordinary features of provocation and social research; its ambivalence is mostly comedian. Powers combines perception and pleasure in Americana with a fervent and historical experience of worship.
- James Liddy