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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."

Monday, October 18, 2010

BOOK REVIEW - Asheville Citizen-Times says Major WNC Poet, from Hayesville ...

Major WNC poet, from Hayesville, makes her book debut

Lovers of Robert Frost might take note of Nancy Simpson, a Hayesville poet, whose new book, “Living above the Frost Line,” refers to her wintry habitat, and not his name. Yet she shares with Frost a conversational tone, musically shaped because well-honed.

For instance, there are these lines from “Storm,” included in her section of new poems: “Back in my dark hovel, I hover / near a kerosene heater that can / only knock the chill off one room ./ It can only heat coffee to lukewarm.”
“Hovel … hover … heater,” Simpson knows how to play with words in a way that feels like song although the lines don’t rhyme.
In her poem “At the Gates,” she breaks into an anthem’s refrain to record departed travelers’ plaints: “I fell from the roof / said an addict. I froze on the mountain / said the Kurd.”
The years 1977-2009 are covered by “Above the Frost Line: New and Selected Poems by Nancy Simpson,” published by Carolina Wren Press.
Simpson has plied her craft while helping others: Students in her writing classes and writers in Netwest, the mountain writers’ group that she helped establish.

Copies of LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE can be bought at: 

The Book Nook, Blairsville, Georgia
Carolina Wren Press, Durham, NC
City Lights Book Store,  Sylva, NC

Malaprops Book Store,  Asheville, NC
Phillips and lloyd Book Shop, Hayesville, NC
Craft Shop at John C Campbell Folk School, 
Brasstown, NC

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