Bob Snyder (1937-1995) was an erudite West Virginia son of the working class who inspired a passel of followers devoted to poetry. Throughout most of the 1970s he was the Director of Antioch College/Appalachia located in Beckley, West Virginia. Those who knew him kept thinking, after he moved to Boston and after he died, that his spirit and work needed to be resurrected because they felt sorry for those who had not been inspired by him. So his sister, Yvonne Snyder Farley, and West Virginia poets Kirk Judd and Edwina Pendarvis, and Pauletta Hansel, one of The Soupbean Poets, his inner circle, and his widow, Peggy, with help from a few others, brought this book together. The Soupbean Poets and Bob’s periodical, What’s a Nice Hillbilly Like You . . . ?, brought poetry readings and an anthology to the hinterlands. Bob’s best unpublished poetry is presented here along with some poems published in rare and obscure books and periodicals. “Indeed, these are the finest love poems to my people and their way of being that I have ever known. Bob Snyder has given me back my own life here in West Virginia – the working class lives of my family and so many others . . . Bob’s rhythms, voices, and music get to the heart of us like no other writer of our time.” Jack Spadaro.
Loveland, Ohio: Dos Madres Press, 2020. 93 pages with a Foreword by Yvonne Snyder Farley and a Preface by Peter Laska, and a few photographs. Trade paperback.