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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."

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Weather Report Above the Frost Line 11-5-09





I checked the predicted low for tonight, and a tear slid down my cheek. 29 degrees they say.

It could be the last night for my flowers, here above the frost line.

So far all fall I woke every morning to bright colored leaves and flowers blooming. I've had many rose bushes, some nashturtiums, a few butterfly bushes, cleome, chrysanthesums and my star for Ocober and November - the Confederate Rose.

Sometimes the freeze stays away until after Thanksgiving. I dread this night - if it is the night of the hard freeze.




5 comments:

Tipper said...

I'm glad you posted the flowers-I did get to seem them : )

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Nancy,
I sure hope you flowers will last until after Thanksgiving. You have such lovely flowers there above the Frost Line.

Nancy Simpson said...

Hi Brenda Kay, Flowers are still standing today on
November 7th. It's a beautiful day.

Joan Ellen Gage said...

I hope your flowers keep you company for awhile, yet. Have a cheerful day!

Nancy Simpson said...

Thanks, Joan, for the good wishes.

Yes, flowers are still blooming here above the frost line on November 8, 2009, and there is no freeze
predicted in the next few nights.

These beautiful fall days and the last of the flowers do cheer me greatly. "Living Above the Frost Line" means we get a little extended growing time. That is the real blessing I feel. I need a little more growing time. Thanks.