Heir’s Song by Betsy Barber Bancroft

Copyright 1976
Checked out 3 times in 27 years
Last checked out 3 years ago

As with the other book by Betsy Barber Bancroft on the Albertville Public Library’s shelves, this one’s circulation is abysmal considering the quality of the poetry within it, the fact that the poet is from nearby Birmingham, and that she writes beautifully, often of spiritual subject matter. Though this book begins and ends with Bancroft’s personal ties, there’s a lot of range between its pages and she has a talent for bringing out voices in her poetry. I especially enjoyed “The new customer’s welcome.” It begins:

“Come in. Come in. I bet you never had
no lady barber cut them babies’ hair before.”

This is an utterly Southern and charming dramatic monologue.

There are other treasures in here as well . I loved, “Excursion into kudzu country,” and enjoyed several others. I’m sure that different people would have different favorites, but I think most people would find something to enjoy in this slender, well made book of poetry. Keep this one the shelf as long as it holds up.


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