Ekphrastic Poem in Looking at Appalachia Project

My ekphrastic poem, “For Want of an Ark,” is the first collaborative work published in the new “Call & Response” series by the Looking at Appalachia photography project, which has been featured in The New York Times and National Geographic.

My poem was inspired by my own experience in the “1,000-year flood” of Elk River in June, 2016 and by the image it is paired with for this project–Sam Owens’ photo of a flood survivor sorting flood-damaged photographs on her roof. The photo originally appeared in The Charleston Gazette shortly after the flood.

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Photo by Sam Owens


Poem by V.C. McCabe 

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