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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."

Friday, January 8, 2010


Snow on the tree branches, snow on the mountainside, snow down in the valley.

Snow in the southern Appalachian Mountains on January 7, 2010. It's still here on Jan. 8th, in fact, the temperature has been below freezing since January 2nd.

Through my window, a woodpecker goes for the suet.

The new year's first snow:
how lucky to reamin alone
at my hermitage. --Basho


Glenda said...

Your photos look like mine, even the flicker on the suet feeder.
while it is cold here, I love being all closed in all day and I am grateful to have a warm house and plenty of heat - gas and electric.
I'm even doing some writing.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Burr, even your photos look cold. We're in warm sunny Florida only it's not sunny and it definitely not warm. Big worries about the strawberry and orange crops around here.

But we have nothing to complain about when we look around and see the conditions across the country and in Europe.

Stay warm,

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Nancy, love the dog sleeping. I've a big white/butter colored one just to my left. And a fire in the hearth. So glad to hear that things are moving along with Carolina Wren.

Nancy Simpson said...

Kay, That is Sasha, my part wolf dog, cover girl dog. I wanted to post the first snow of the new year and Basho's haiku. I think Sasha knew that, so she laid down by the heater and posed for me.

"The new year's first snow:
how lucky to reamin alone
at my hermitage." --Basho

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I knew the snow would be beautiful up on your mountain. The photos are splendid. I can just imagine how much your enjoyed the snow from your home.

Nancy Simpson said...

Hi Brenda, It has been beautiful and guess what? It's still here!

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer said...

I am so jealous! All this cold, and I have yet to see a single snowflake at my house. Your outdoor photos are ALWAYS wonderful; your indoor ones make me want to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book!

Nancy Simpson said...

Hello Jayne, I wish you could see my mountain. I took some amazing pictures of the snow this evening at sunset, four days after the snow fell. Only a small amount has melted.