Jesse Stuart

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Jesse Hilton Stuart (August 8, 1906February 17, 1984) was an American writer known for his poems, short stories, and novels about rural Southern Appalachia. Stuart was the named the Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 1954.


  • I am a farmer singing at the plow
    • Man with a Bull-Tongue Plow, first line of the poem (1934)
  • My dad always told us never to live where we could see the smoke from another man's chimney. He told us we should never live so close to another's house that the chickens would mingle in the woods.

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