For I Am Mountainborn
List Price: 15.00
Available: September 2014
In a sturdy book, divided into three parts, illustrations foretell the story to be revealed in each. The first section is of childhood and young womanhood in the shadows of the Great Depression and World War II deep in the mountains and shadowed valleys of West Virginia it is full of healing humor and the laws of family and neighbors. The second part is a woman’s story of living in the midst of a busy family far from her Appalachian homeland but never without the humor and stories of the mountains. The third part tells of the poet’s travels far from home and the discovery of universal human truths. You will not find the title until you reach the last page. Only after living long and fully does the poet find herself.
Lenore McComas Coberly was born in Lincoln County, West Virginia and lived there until her marriage to Camden A. Coberly of Wood County, West Virginia. When he returned from service in the US Navy in World War II they were married and both pursued graduate degrees at Carnegie Institute of Technology, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison Area Technical College, Dane County Creative Arts Over Sixty, Green Lake Conference Center workshops, and as a volunteer in churches and public schools. Prof. Camden A. Coberly’s work took him often to Asia, Africa, Europe, and many parts of the United States. Lenore sometimes accompanied him, writing, teaching, and getting to know the people. Her poetry was published in The People’s Republic of China and she wrote criticism of newly translated Chinese works into English.