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Rich In The Things That Matter

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Those passing through Anson County, won’t see much beyond trees and farmland – but for the people who live here, that’s the beauty of it.

“It’s poor in the things of the world,” says Anson’s tourism manager Lynn Horton. “But it’s totally rich in the things that matter.”

Today, South Piedmont Community College welcomed a special guest – North Carolina Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathanti.

Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University – and his award-winning writings have been inspired by Anson County.

“You enter some of the most beautiful, yet abandoned country that I’ve ever been around,” Bathanti said. “It’s haunted in all the best ways. It’s filled with history, it’s filled with mystery.”

Bathanti first came to Anson by taking part in North Carolina’s Visiting Artist program in 1985 – a program that brought artists to rural areas of the state.

It was a perfect fit for Bathanti and his wife Joan.

“We were really under the spell of that geography and that country in ways I’d never really been before,” Bathanti said. “

The farmhouse that Bathanti and his wife lived on (where they birthed their first son) has since been damaged by fire. The foundation remains, but the inside is tarnished.

Bathanti not only says that the landscapes in Anson have shaped past writings, but they continue to shape the way he writes today.

“He found the richness,” Horton said. “He found the gems here and living here in a place like this, you can understand why he did.”

http://ncarts.org/resources/poetry-resources/about-joseph-bathanti/

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