Boaz by Thomas Wilkerson

Copyright 1982
Checked out 2 times in 29 years
Last checked out 25 years ago

Another little chapbook with no spine gets no attention. And who ever thinks to search the catalog for a book of poetry (or any book) named Boaz? It’s a shame. This is an interesting collection of poetry by a Boaz native. It’s not great poetry but Mr. Wilkerson had talent and there’s wonderful historical detail of the area here. Despite its abysmal circulation, I say keep this on the shelf. Consider replacing its binding or laminate the current one so it lasts. This should be treated as a local treasure. The front cover indicates this is “Volume One” but a search online didn’t yield and evidence of a Volume Two (though there were some copies of this one around), so I suspect this was the beginning and the end of Wilkerson’s publications. **An amendment to this post: The library does have a much earlier volume of this poet’s miscataloged and so on a different shelf. The poetry is inferior to that in Boaz, completely lacking its charm.**

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