A fierce desire to stay: looking at West Virginia through its people's eyes

Photographer Matt Eich and poet Doug Van Gundy went to Webster county, West Virginia, to find a place where people still celebrate their community

To render a humane portrait of West Virginia and its people is to promise disappointment. The poet Muriel Rukeyser knew this as early as 1938, interrupting her own matter-of-fact description of West Virginia’s plainness from The Book of the Dead to question her readers’ expectations: “What do you want – a cliff over a city? A foreland sloped to sea and overgrown with roses?”

Matt Eich’s photographs of Webster county, West Virginia, taken in July and December in 2018 in collaboration with poet Doug Van Gundy, contain similar questions.

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