Sarah McCartt-Jackson’s “Stonelight”
“Stonelight,” the debut collection from Appalachian poet Sara McCarrt-Jackson, is as plain and unfussy as West Virginia dirt. Seldom have poems of such beauty and human sentiment proclaimed themselves so simply and directly. Shale, coal, rocks, stones — the minerals McCarrt-Jackson’s miners seek have a talismanic power, which the poet translates into the music of language. Most affecting are a series of epistolary poems written by “Ora” for her beloved “Eli,” a man who daily faces darkness and death, the omnipresent shroud banished only by enduring love and light.