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  • Returning Home, Saxon Mills

    John Lane, Wofford College

    31 October 2011

    John Lane reads his poem "Returning Home, Saxon Mills," on September 30, 2011, near Spartanburg, South Carolina, published in the collection Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems (Mercer, GA: Mercer University Press, 2011).

    "Returning Home, Saxon Mills" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.


    John Lane reads the poem "Returning Home, Saxon Mills." Poem text.

    About the Author

    John Lane teaches environmental studies at Wofford College where he also directs the Goodall Center for Environmental Studies. His Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems was published by Mercer University Press in 2011. His latest prose book is My Paddle to the Sea, published in November 2011 by The University of Georgia Press. Other recent poetry and prose books include The Dead Father Poems (Horse & Buggy Press, 1999),  The Best of the Kudzu Telegraph (Hub City Writers Project, 2008) and Circling Home (University of Georgia Press, 2007). He is a frequent guest blogger on The Best American Poetry, and one of his poems, "The Truth About the Present," was recently featured on The Academy of American Poets' site.

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    Recommended Resources

    Selected Print Works

    Lane, John. Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems. Mercer, GA: Mercer University Press, 2011.

    ———. Best of the Kudzu Telegraph. Spartanburg, SC: Hub City Press, 2008.

    ———. Circling Home. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2007.

    ———. The Dead Father Poems. Durham, NC: Horse and Buggy Press, 1999.

    ———. My Paddle to the Sea: Eleven Days on the River of the Carolinas. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2011.


    The Best American Poetry, "Meet the Press: Nin Andrews Interviews John Lane of the Hub City Writers Project"

    Hub City Writers Project

    John Lane's Website, Kudzu Telegraph, "The Truth About the Present"

    Southern Nature Project, "Circling Home: An Interview with John Lane"

    Related Southern Spaces Publications

    Arnoult, Darnell. "Work." Southern Spaces, June 22, 2006,

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