My People Was Music


Kirk Judd

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This triple treat is a collection of wonderful mountain poetry, accompanied by a CD of Kirk’s spoken word performances. Each poem is paired with beautiful traditional music by well-known West Virginia musicians. The third aspect is the gorgeous black and white photographs by Dave Lambert interspersed with the poems. A wonderful combination sure to delight any reader/listener.

“Kirk Judd combines 3-D images and powerful rhythm and rhyme to perfectly express his subjects—birth and death, songs and silence, and everything in between.With his compassion and wisdom, he provides readers and listeners a man-sized, blood-warming antidote to the frequently encountered negative stereotype of his beloved Appalachia. In short, Kirk Judd is not only a poet’s poet,; he’s a people’s poet.”
— Barbara Smith

“This is true poetry without the pretense of thin pest. These are unvarnished words that hand like weightless images in front of your consciousness. This is poetry from someplace deeper than the hear. [Kirk Judd] can reach far inside more quickly than anyone I know.”
— Lee Maynard

“A wise poet knows to choose his epigraph well and when Kirk Judd chooses Louise McNeill’s verse to launch his own words I knew there would be smooth, sweet sailing ahead. Known to many as a superior raconteur, these poems reflect Judd’s ease with that kind of familiar banter. Not to say that Judd doesn’t take risks here. Few poets these days would fearlessly drape their poems with the grit of dialect, but he does and with a success that should make readers come away with a closer experience of West Virginia and its people.”
— Marc Harshman, West Virginia Poet Laureate

About the Author

Kirk Judd has lived, worked, trout fished and wandered around in West Virginia all of his life. Kirk was a member of the Appalachian Literary League, a founding member and former president (and JUG recipient) of West Virginia Writers, Inc., and is a founding member of and creative writing instructor for Allegheny Echoes, Inc., dedicated to the support and preservation of WV cultural heritage arts. Author of 3 collections of poetry “Field of Vision” 1986, “Tao-Billy” 1996, and “My People Was Music” 2014, and a co-editor of the widely acclaimed anthology, “Wild, Sweet Notes – 50 Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950–1999”, he is widely published. Kirk was honored to be one of the 5 readers selected for the installation ceremony of Louise McNeill Pease as Poet Laureate in 1979 at the WV Cultural Center on the Capitol grounds in Charleston, WV, and currently sits on the board of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation headquartered in Hillsboro, WV. He is internationally known for his performance work combining poetry and old time music, and has performed poetry in Ireland and across West Virginia at fairs, concerts, and festivals for the past 35 years.


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