Shelby Stephenson’s Possum

Location: R.A. Fountain

Shelby Stephenson read Possum, his book-length homage to the much-maligned marsupial as the feature of R.A. Fountain’s Possum Day celebration. Several area residents came by to tell their own possum stories.

Shelby and his wife, Linda, live on the Stephenson family farm where Shelby was raised in rural Johnston County.

“We were so poor,” Stephenson said, “that we had possums for yard dogs, and most of my poems come out of that background, where memory and imagination play on one another.”

Possum was published in 2004 by Bright Hill Press in Treadwell, NY.  You can get it from RAF’s for $5.50 plus tax & s/h.

Tags: literary, poetry reading