- Nancy Simpson
- 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."
Monday, July 27, 2009
CONSIDER THE LILIES
How can July, the bright and the warm month, be so hard to bear? It's been sad for me with the death of a friend and with the two year anniversary of my son's death. The same flowers that cheered Jeff two years ago, outside his hospice window, bloomed again in July as if to say to me, "We're back."
There are so many different kinds of lilies. I noticed how tall they stand, even the short ones. They were not going to bend. Finally, I whispered to them, "I won't die from it." I went into the house and got my notebook and began writing their descriptions and studying to learn their names. Today I woke not sad anymore.
Cultivar: Happy Returns, rebloomer
Cultivar: Stella D' Ora, golden flower as compaired to lemon color of Happy Returns
Cultivar: Barbara Mitchell, 6 inch flower, repeat bloomer
Cultivar: Always Afternoon, mauve with purple throat, rebloomer
Cultivar: Pandora's Box, cream with purple throat, rebloomer
Easter Lily, Lilium Longiflorum, an Easter Lily yes, but it blooms in the ground in July
on the northside of the mountain.
Yellow Day Lily with Gloriosa Daisy
Star Gazer Lily
Cultivar: Little Business, rebloomer, red
Cultivar: Pardon Me, red dwarf, rebloomer
Cultivar: Razzmatazz, purple, yellow eye and lime green throat, rebloomer
Emperor's Butterfly Lily, tall, red-violet color with green throat. Flower 4.5 inches
Orange Day Lily, Hemerocallis fulva
Kwanzo Tripple Orange