Welty's photographs were, for me, a resource, a way to see a time and place I'd only encountered in history books and my grandmother's stories. I began writing poems with those images in mind, each one a starting place to anchor visually what I'd heard in the cadences of my grandmother's voice, how she'd say - reaching the end of the story - "that's just the way it was." -- From the new forward by Natasha Trethewey


Reynolds Price, who wrote the foreword, detects in her short stories and novels the same 'instant indelible force' that we hope to find in a photograph - and do, in Ms. Welty's...Above all, Ms. Welty stresses the importance of the subjects of her photographs. -- New York Times