James Coe takes a moment to chat in his office at Andersonville Farm in West Glover. Photo by Joseph Gresser
copyright the Chronicle January 14, 2015
by Joseph Gresser
WEST GLOVER — James Coe traveled by way of Oregon to get to the office at Andersonville Farm where he sat Thursday afternoon. As one of the owners and the managing partner of the farm, Mr. Coe now works a hundred yards or so from his boyhood home.
His office, a small wood-paneled room, is obviously not his main workplace. A wall calendar portraying a champion Holstein is still turned to October. Plaques recognizing the farm for producing quality milk are stacked on a windowsill, although it is hard to know where they would go. The hallway outside the farm’s office is lined with similar awards and there seems to be little room left for more.
Winter Ready, by Leland Kinsey. Published by Green Writers Press. 85 pages. Paperback. $14.95
Reviewed by Tena Starr
It was yet another cold and snowy March day in this cold and snowy winter of 2014, and Leland Kinsey’s latest book of poetry, Winter Ready, seemed an apt read. But there is little in this volume that chronicles the grueling. Nor is Winter Ready poetry as some may know it.
This lovely collection is as much prose as poetry. It’s a collection of moments, observations, and sometimes a reminiscence of a Northeast Kingdom that’s, sadly in my view, fading into memory.
In fact, the onerous chore of picking stone had completely escaped my own memory until I ran across Mr. Kinsey’s poem called “Stone Picking.”
Does anyone pick stone anymore? We used to on our farm. I recall, as a girl, thinking that rocks must somehow grow and multiply, like potatoes. Picking stone was a task for Sisyphus, who spent eternity rolling a boulder uphill.