John Charles McNeill: Poet Laureate’s Home Songs

John Charles McNeill: Poet Laureate’s Home Songs

John Charles McNeill’s poetry features the landscapes of the Sandhills of NC. The setting for his poetry includes Scotland, Richmond, Moore, Hoke, Cumberland, and Robeson counties. McNeill, skilled in the oral tradition of storytelling in regional dialect as well as in the use of conventional poetic forms, was also a lawyer. Because of his enormous popularity as a poet, achieved largely because of his regular contributions to The Charlotte Observer, he was elected a state legislator, but his heart remained with his poetry. McNeill’s poetry captures audiences today, partly because it is so accessible. This program by McNeill’s great niece, who also grew up in Scotland County, places his work in a historical context and includes readings from his poetry.

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Lectern, small table for display