Lucasville poet, Linda Scott has published her first book of collected poems titled, Distant Lightning from Old Lucasville.
The book which was published on March 16, currently holds the number one position for poetry about a place on Amazon.
Distant Lightning from Old Lucasville, reflects upon the rich history of Lucasville and what it means to be Appalachian.
“I came up with the title in 2011. I keep journals and when I was looking to title this I realized I had already come up with it. I think our past is like darkness, and when we read something that somebody has written about where we live, it’s like we see a little bit of light from the past. That’s where distant lightning comes from,” Scott explained.
Scott draws inspiration from the writings and stories of local women in the Lucasville area.
It was through their stories, that Scott found the courage to assemble her poems and create her book.
After graduation, Scott left Scioto County and moved to North Carolina, where she worked until her retirement. After retiring, Scott realized she wanted to come home, back to Lucasville.
“When I grew up, nobody talked about writing, I didn’t know anybody wrote. When I moved back, I met these two older ladies, and they were writers. One gave me her little books of poetry, and when I read the poems I realized I was learning about Lucasville, I never knew these things that they had written. I thought ‘that’s really a treasure,’ said Scott.
Scott set out to share the works of these women, along with her works, sharing the history of Lucasville and it’s cultural landscape over time.
The book is divided into three sections, Lucasville the place, Lucasville people and the last section is Lucasville family.
“I asked for the help of the Historical Society, things change over time and some of the roads had different names back then, so there are excerpts explaining where things are and what they used to be,” explained Scott.
It also includes historical pictures that relate to the poetry, bringing a visual element to the stories told in the poems. Taking the reader back in time to what it was truly like to grow up in old Lucasville.
“Writing is valuable, it helps us keep the history of our place and keep the memories alive,” said Scott. “In my book, I say ‘I hope others younger than I will stand on the hillside, and look toward the far horizon, and write of their own view of the distant lightning of Lucasville,’ and I just hope that it serves as a foundation for someone else’s writing.”
The book is available for purchase through Amazon, and is also available as an e-book for Kindle. All proceeds from the book will go directly to the Lucasville Garden Club, to continue their on-going projects.
Scott will be holding a book signing event at Ruby’s Diner on May 14, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Ruby’s Diner is located at 82 Robert Lucas Road in Lucasville. For more information about this event, please contact Linda Howard Scott at 740-352-0202 or Melanie Hawk at 740-259-4467.
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