Literary fiction, speculative fiction, and selected nonfiction

Little Margaret: Poem and Song

Appalachia Bare, a regional cultural magazine, recently published Stephen’s poem, Little Margaret. The link to the poem also contains a recording of the song from the early Seventies by the band HOMEBREW. Stephen’s close friends John, Doug, Jim, and JB were all members of the band.


We’re happy to share this poem and song, with its echoes of a different era.

The editor of Appalachia Bare, Delonda Anderson, wrote an article about the song, entitled The Ballad of Fair Margaret and Sweet William, that makes reference to the poem and provides a fascinating, detailed exploration of the long history of the song, with links to recordings of several versions of it.

We hope you enjoy the song and the history!

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