One of my favorite Valley poets is gone. Wilma E. McDaniel did not like to be called the "The Biscuits and Gravy" poet, but most people remember her for poetry that recalls times when gravy might have been all there was for dinner.
Hers was the voice of the many who came to the Valley during the Depression. The book, "The Red Coffee Can," contains her poem "Gravy" and many others that bring to life the people of those times.
I have shed tears over some of her poems. Her people are just like friends and neighbors to me. Now she is gone, just like them, and I will shed a few tears for her, too.
Barbara L. Greaves
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