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Nancy Simpson's LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE, New and Selected Poems was published by Carolina Wren Press (N.C. Laureate Series, 2010.) She is the author of ACROSS WATER and NIGHT STUDENT, State Street Press, still available on WWW at Alibris and Books Again. Her poems have been published in Southern Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review and other literary magazines. "Carolina Bluebirds" was published in THE POETS GUIDE TO THE BIRDS, Anhinga Press). "Grass" was reprinted in the 50th Anniversary Issue of Southern Poetry Review: DON'T LEAVE HUNGRY ( U.of Arkansas Press.) Seven poems were reprinted in the textbook, SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN POETRY,(McFarland.) Two poems were published in SOLO CAFE, Two more poems were published in SOLO NOVO."In the Nantahala Gorge" was published in Pisgah Review. "Studying Winter" was reprinted in Pirene's Fountain Anthology and "The Collection" in Collecting Life Anthology. Most recently, Southern Poetry Review Edited by James Smith, published "Our Great Depression," and The Southern Poetry Anthology Vol. VII: NORTH CAROLINA,Edited by William Wright, reprinted "Leaving in the Dead of Winter."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Beloved Southern Physician Poet John Stone, born February 7, 1936, in Jackson, Mississippi, died on November 6, 2008.  He will be mourned.

John Stone was an emeritus professor of medicine in cardiology at Emory University.  He published many collections of poetry and a collection of essays during the time he taught English Literature and Medicine at Emory and at Oxford University, England.

His most recent poetry collections were published at Louisiana State University Press including Where Water Begins and Music from Apartment 8.  His essay collection, also from LSU Press is titled In the Country of Hearts: Journeys in the Art of Medicine. 

Early poetry collections from the 1980s, also from LSU Press are: The Smell of Matches, In All This Rain, and Renaming the Streets.


Lynn said...

I'm so sad to hear this. I remember reading his poem "House Call" ... a brilliant piece with so much imagery that it was almost like watching a movie.

Nancy Simpson said...

Lynn, I agree. "He Makes House Calls" from IN ALL THIS RAIN will always be one of my favorite poems. I taught that poem in my last Poetry Writing Class along with"Resuscitation" from NEW SOUTHERN POETS and "Looking Down Into a Ditch" from IN ALL THIS RAIN. John Stone was our greatest living southern poet.

There is a touching article in the Atlanta Journal- Constitution dated Nov.11th, 2008 in which Rachael Pommerance interviewed John's son, Doctor Jim Stone.

The article says Dr. John Stone, III died in his sleep of cancer.

Glenda C. Beall said...

I, too, must say how much I enjoyed John Stone's poetry. I met him, with Janice Moore, at YHC a few years ago and he was gracious and kind.He was the guest speaker for the Georgia Poetry Society that day, I believe.
Some of his poetry hit me hard and I knew exactly how he felt.
I'll look for the link to his son's interview in AJ