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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."

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Here above the frost line, we are celebrating Jayne Jaudon Ferrer as Poet of the month in this her birth month.

Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, of Greenville, SC  is an author, poet and speaker specializing in women and family matters, poetry appreciation, and communication skills. She has been employed in the writing and editing industry since 1989. She is the author of four inspirational gift books for women published by Pocket Books and Loyola Press. 

Existence 101

Here’s what I think:
God put us here to do more than take up space
and mow grass.
We are here to contribute something.
Teachers, doctors, scientists, artists--all shoo-ins.
Pro ballplayers, fashion designers--on shaky ground.
Most of us fall somewhere in between.
Yesterday, for example, I made my family’s favorite dessert,
smiled at a solemn old man,
and let three strangers go ahead of me in the turn lane.
Today, however, I fear I owe the universe a sizable debt
for the peace, love, and joy my black mood
sucked straight out of the ozone.
So be it.
We are not perfect, and there is no grade.
There is only opportunity.
Carpe carefully.

Copyright 2006 by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

Hardcover - ISBN #1-933341-05-x
Available at bookstores everywhere 
(If it's not in stock, please ask them to order it.)
Or order online:  http://www.amazon.com/Jayne-Jaudon-Ferrer/e/B000AQ0COS

She of the Rib: Women Unwrapped

Her latest book: an exploration of women's roles and relationships


DeadMule said...

So glad to see you got together with your March poet much easier than we connected, Nancy.

I enjoyed Jayne's poem. Look forward to seeing more of her this month.

Helen Losse

Nancy Simpson said...

Thanks for the comment, Lois. Please stay tuned because there will be some amazing poems by Jayne. Yes, she is making a living as a writer, but she is also a serious, practicing poet. Time for her to be taken seriously by fellow poets.

Lois, I almost said "I miss you" but thankfully that's impossible having three posts right here and now. Also, I'll be checking in on your site. I'm happy to have met you in cyber space.