Woodrat Podcast 25: Sherry Chandler, Bluegrass poet

Sherry Chandler
Sherry Chandler (r) and her Aunt Gladys, posing with a hay rake

Sherry Chandler is one of those rare poets who actually does research. We talk about her delvings into family lore and Kentucky history in between poems, many of which are from a new online chapbook from the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Firing on Six Cylinders, which she calls “a romance of the road.” We talk about the car culture, and where that restlessness and rebellious streak might’ve come from.

In addition to her regular blogging, Sherry posts micropoems at Identica and Twitter, where she has more than 2000 followers. She has a good bio on her blog, detailing her publications and awards.

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  1. Thank you, Dave. I had great fun talking to you. You’re a very generous guy.

    I should say that just Wednesday I got an acceptance from Verse Wisconsin. My poem that I read here, “Eliza Belle Thompson,” will appear in their spring online issue, the one devoted to formal poetry.

    Good week for me.

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    1. Hey, congratulations! We’re both honorary Wisconsinites now, it seems. And I should really try to write an acrostic sometime — I’m intrigued.

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      1. Oh shoot! I knew there was something else I meant to say about Friendless. His grave in the family plot in the hometown IOOF cemetery has been overgrown by a big old oak root, so you can’t read the headstone.

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        1. Poor sap. As if it weren’t already bad enough to be buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery.

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