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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."

Sunday, March 27, 2011

POET OF THE MONTH Jayne Jaudon Ferrer (March 2011)

S.C. Poet Jayne Jaudon Ferrer and N.C. Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers ( photo taken) at the 19th Annual NCWN West Picnic held on the grounds of Western Carolina University, Sept 5, 2010.

Jayne is the creator and host of  YOUR DAILY POEM. She is dedicated to sharing poetry with the world, and especially with young people, an ambitious goal that is working well. See link to YOUR DAILY POEM below. Join free and you will receive a poem each day, some by major poets and some from poets just now beginning to practice the art and craft of writing poetry.

When Nancy Simpson  asked Jayne Jaudon Ferrer for a copy of her favorite poem from among her many published poems, she sent this one, and wrote: 

"How about one long poem instead of two shorter ones? One of my very favorite poems is "Almanac," from A Mother of Sons. It incorporates all the best memories I have of my sons into a sort of 'poetic calendar.' "
Almanac  by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

It is summer.
I know from wild, primal whoops that
in the afternoon stillness.
From firm-fleshed rumps
like peaches in the breeze
as one, two, three!, they
in front yard sprinklers and backyard pools.
I know from sweat-damp foreheads
and blackberry-moist chins,
chubby hands
around pickle jars blinking
in the cabernet softness.

It is fall.
I know from dancing eyes and
cinnamon cheeks that
over smiling wisps of cocoa.
From cowboy boots
through restless crimson and topaz leaves
like tiny torpedoes
into a school of skittish guppies.
I know from pumpkins,
their smooth flesh
and jagged where virgin fingers
sought to create ghouls
from a simple gourd.

It is winter.
I know from giddy whispers
in the halls,
carillon giggles that rival cherished carols
in their sweet, simple melodies of joy.
From fingertips frosted
pink as a newborn kitten’s nose,
their woolly red cocoons
flung aside
in pursuit of the perfect snowball.
I know from
in the final chill before dawn ascends,
a prelude to softly rooting heads and
feebly flailing limbs in search of
warmth and safe haven
for a few moments more.

It is spring.
I know from
sweaters slung
around slim denim hips,
the sole concession made
to still-brisk mornings.
From lace—Queen Anne’s—
with just-plucked stems of milkweed and Lazy Susans
presented in a pride-filled fist.
I know from bunnies,
chocolate ones and
plush ones and
terrified ones
clutched in smudged, impetuous arms
I hope will always make room
for me.

From A Mother of Sons (Loyola Press, 2004)

(Her books are available at any bookstore. If you do not find the book you want on the bookshelf,

the bookstore will be happy to order you ca copy. Also, books are available on Amazon.Com.)

Jayne speaks and teaches writing through the country. Check her site below to learn where she will be teaching in the future. Photo below taken at John C. Campbell Folk School (2010) She is scheduled 
to each writing again at JCCFS in 2012.


Glenda Beall said...

Jayne is a terrific person and I am happy she contacted us some years ago and volunteered to be the South Carolina Rep for Netwest.
Her books make wonderful gifts for mothers. I enjoy her humor and the fact that Jayne believes, as I do, that poetry should be accessible for everyone.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I studied under Jayne at the John C. Campbell Folk School. I enjoyed her class very much. She is one of my favorite poets and I'm glad you have chosen her as "Poet of the Month."

Joan Ellen Gage said...

I subscribe to "Your Daily Poem", and enjoy it.

This was a lovely poem that showcased Jayne' children and the seasons. I could see those children in the sprinklers!

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