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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, May 5, 2009

..."held in abeyance by a great leaf wall" lines by Nancy Simpson

My window on the valley closed. The curtain has been drawn, so I no longer see the ridge line.

But do not feel sorry for me. My woods are filled today with multiple shades of the wild flame azalea.

I am "held in abeyance by a great leaf wall every shade of green we can imagine." (lines from "Walking Up With a Friend."


Brenda Kay Ledford said...


You have such a beautiful place living on Cherry Mountain with the wildflowers, and all the lovely trees. What a retreat for writers!
The photos are great.

Nancy Simpson said...

Thank you Breda Kay. I am not exaggerating. Cherry Mountain is a special place. My life has been enriched every day I have lived here. I am certain I would not be who I am if it were not for this place.

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer said...

Stunning--both the words and pictures!

Glenda C. Beall said...

Nancy, your garden is all the area around you on Cherry Mountain. I think it is perfect that you, like our most famous poets, are known for place, the poet who lives on Cherry Mountain and you live in a world of beauty.

Pat said...

Nancy, your beautiful mountain top home reflects back to you all of the love and caring you have bestowed on it. A magic place, heaven on earth to be sure.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your woods are gorgeous. How lucky you are to live on that beautiful mountain. I'm so glad that it is finally spring and everything is green again. Makes ones heart sing.

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