(In its combination of traditional and contemporary values...)
In its combination of traditional and contemporary values, this is a good companion to two earlier poetry collections about farming in Kentucky: Jesse Stuart's Man With a Bull-Tongue Plow, first published in 1934, and Wendell Berry's Farming: A Handbook, first published 1967. Bailey's books shares many elements with these two classics, but its differences add a new dimension to the pastoral tradition in Appalachian poetry.
Bachelor of Science, Morehead State University, 1982. Master of Arts, Morehead State University, 1986.
Mapping technician Kentucky Revenue Cabinet, Frankfort, 1983-1985. Instructor English Morehead (Kentucky) State University, 1987-1994, publication assistant, 1995-1996, publications editor, 1996-1998.
Board directors Kentucky Writers Coalition, Louisville, since 1998. Member Wolfe County Arts Association, Phoenix Writers, Poets & Writers, Kentucky State Poetry Society.