These Our Offerings, A Place & Time of Southern Magic
These Our Offerings features the photographs of Selden B. Hill, Sharon Cumbee, Robert Epps, William P. Baldwin and the poems of William P. Baldwin.
"These Our Offerings is just that: These Our Offerings. There are five sections, each beginning with a combination of my poetry and the work of a particular photographer (Selden “Bud” Hill, Sharon Cumbee, Robert Epps, or Wm. Baldwin). Then comes a collection of photographs from that photographer suggesting a particular vision of the Southern world—at least that sacred portion found between Savannah, Georgia and Myrtle Beach South Carolina. It’s called The lowcountry, a place of low and swampy, salty, sandy, muddy lands grown thick with marsh, oaks, myrtles, and magnolias, zinnias and camellias, a place with a dark past, a place of loss and decay where we also find great beauty and hopefully a bright future. This is an ambitious book and in its battle with time, an intensely romantic one.” — William Baldwin
“The poems in These Are Offerings, A Place & Time of Southern Magic, are heartfelt, salt-tinged, rooted in place, and full of the kind of wisdom we expect from a life well lived. Each poem is a lyrical celebration of the ordinary, like the photographs that inspired them. Whether it’s a dog, a kiss, a boat, a garden; oysters, sea birds, creeks, or barbecues; shadows or clouds; a birthday or anniversary; each poem and photograph is a blessing that reminds us all that we have to be grateful for.” — Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina Poet Laureate
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