Grounding is the perfect title for this book because Sarah Pross is certainly well-grounded. She was born, raised, and still resides in Seymour, Tennessee, and went to Maryville College in the next county over. Not surprisingly, “Always Pointed Home” is the title of one of the accessible and often delightful poems in this, her first collection. “For Sarah Pross, the mountains of Appalachia are more than home—they are history and future, bone and blood, the place where her family lives above the ground and rests beneath it. In Grounding, Pross’s straightforward voice praises the good while gently recalling the not-so-good, such as a grandmother’s five-day-old food. In poem after poem, Pross’s words serve up ‘comfort food for the sad // and lonely soul. Memory food.’” ~ Connie Jordan Green.“’I love words, the feel/of them in my mouth’ writes Sarah Pross in her debut chapbook, Grounding. Pross shares her rooted landscape in the Southern Appalachian Mountains in these poems, formed from ‘a bundle of the unwritten/wrapped in human skin’ about nature, ancestors, and faith, recollections from her ‘dead people box’ that are all very much alive. With her firm promise that she is ‘not the leaver,’ Pross establishes herself as a talented emerging poet.” ~ Sue Weaver Dunlap.
Charlotte, North Carolina: Main Street Rag, 2021. 33 pages. Trade paperback.