Goat Light by Tom Rankin and Jill McCorkle



Goat Light provides focused reflections by Tom Rankin and Jill McCorkle upon their home and farm northwest of Hillsborough in rural Orange County, an oasis of beauty quietly tucked away from the increasingly frenetic pace of the Triangle region.

The 9 x 10 inch, 96-page book weaves together many layers, including black and white images made by Tom with large- and medium-format view cameras and lovingly brought to life in his wet darkroom; digital color cell phone pictures taken on the move by Tom over the past decade; and essays by both Jill and Tom about life with the collection of animals that populate their land along the Eno River. The beauty of the Piedmont landscape is the underlying constant as times, lives, and light change through the seasons and over the years.

Goat Light is published in an edition of 750 sewn copies, offset printed in full color on 120lb uncoated text weight paper, with covers printed on a hand-fed, hand-cranked letterpress at the Horse & Buggy Press studio. The heavyweight uncoated cover stock is a mottled color somewhere between that of burlap and hay bale, and the binding features cover flaps for added protection.

Tom Rankin, Professor of the Practice of Art at Duke University, is a photographer, folklorist, and writer. His books include, among others, Sacred Space: Photographs of the Mississippi Delta, Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre: Photographs of a River Life, and One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia. Jill McCorkle is the author of seven novels, including the 2020 release Hieroglyphics and four story collections. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, and four of her short stories have been selected for Best American short story anthologies.