Complex poems that harken back to a time that we somehow remember as better than now. Also, we like to use the word "harken" because it seems very poetic in a classical way.
Alas is a great example of neoappalachian poetry. Raw and inspiring, yet gentle to the subject matter. It handles the subject much the way Bill McKinney handled Ned Beatty in the classic movie adaptation of the novel Deliverance. Pure poetry. Let me just say "Alas", I need more.