The four poems presented here highlight Rodney Jones's relationship to his hometown of Falkville, Alabama. For Jones, place-bound memories of youthful pleasures frame meditations on mortality and mystery. His teenage years as a football player and rock and roll band member are a starting point from which to measure the distance that time and experience have created between himself and the region in which he grew up.
"An Absence I Know I Won't Reclaim" is part of the Poets in Place series, a Research Collaboration in the Humanities initiative funded through Emory University’s Presidential Woodruff Fund, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost. Series producers are Natasha Trethewey and Allen Tullos.