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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, February 18, 2011


(Moon over the Mountains by Lynn Hamilton Rutherford)

MOON REACHES FULLNESS  on February 18, 2011.  
According to The Farmer’s Almanac, this is The Full Snow Moon. Full Snow Moon is the most popular name, however,  because of the challenge and difficulty of hunting in winter, the Algonquin tribe chose the name Full Hunger Moon.  The Cherokee named February’s moon Full Bony Moon.
A question I have often asked is, do poets pay more attention to the moon than others do?  So far, there has not been much discussion on the topic, but I do think second to scientists. Almost all practicing poets have a moon poem. The poet of the month of February on this site Helen Lass has or will have seven poems reprinted here before the end of the month. All seven poems have a reference to moon. I hope you will read them. I’m fascinated with Mary Oliver’s moon poems.  I also like Christina’s Rosetti’s moon poem.(below)
Is the moon tired? she looks so pale
Within her misty veil:
She scales the sky from east to west,
And takes no rest.
Before the coming of the night
The moon shows papery white;
Before the dawning of the day
She fades away.
From Sing-Song by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

1 comment:

Joan Ellen Gage said...

I enjoyed Christine's poem. I do think about the moon as something more romantic than scientific.