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The author writes: "For me, being born in the rural South meant being born already at a disadvantage, without easy access to good healthcare, educational opportunities, and inheriting a very visible hurting past. But I did grow up on the same land that my family has been farming for centuries: I ate off the same dinner table where they laughed and cried, and I drove down the same road to the same church to sing the same hymns they did every Sunday. And that births an unshakable boundless mysticism that can't be learned or bought. No matter where I go, I carry the ghosts of my people in me and these poems and sounds speak to that."