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Just Down the Road by Dee Stribling



Dee Stribling’s fingers strike a gentle fire in this chapbook, Just Down the Road – not unlike the one that Thoreau’s subtle touch enabled in Walden. Often, when I’m overcome with emotion, the first symptom is a burning sensation in my nose. Stribling’s offering is a first-degree nose stinger. It’s potent. It’s real. It unwinds loss, innocence, love, and it defines generations. This taut, beautiful collection has an uncanny ability to awaken memories that are surprisingly personal. Charmingly southern. Assuredly universal.”

–Dawn Shamp, author of On Account of Conspicuous Women


“These are wonderful, contemplative poems, anthems to the Appalachian earth, the geography, the people and ether that Dee Stribling evokes and commemorates with every syllable. “Bells toll across the valley,” meting out time, conferring benediction. The earth turns and the prayerful language of the poet reckons it in all its mystery and kinship. Just Down the Road leads inevitably, movingly, back home.”

–Joseph Bathanti, NC Poet Laureate, 2012-2014




Just Down the Road

by Dee Stribling

$14.99, paper

Dee Stribling is a writer of prose and poetry. A Sundress Academy for the Arts poetry winner her work has appeared in 200 New Mexico Poems and other collections. Additional poetry chapbooks include Appalachian Picture Book (Finishing Line Press) and Down East Picture Book (Horse & Buggy Press). Work in-progress includes a childhood memoir and more poetry. Her documentary about “The Why Nots” softball team (with Minnow Media) is slated for release soon. You can visit her online at



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