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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."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I'm not deluded into thinking Spring has arrived full force, here in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. I am not saying there will be no more cold days nor below freezing nights. But, something has happened here above the frost line. These photos were made today. I see evidence that Forsythia is beginning to bloom. Rose bushes are putting forth new growth. The first daffodils and many crocus are blooming. Yesterday driving to town I saw a huge green willow tree.

Somehow, living above the frost line means fall lasts a bit longer and, yes, spring comes a bit earlier.


My Carolina Kitchen said...

You are the best weather lady in the world Nancy. That view of the mountains does look like the ocean doesn't it? Lovely photos as always.

I learned for the first time this year that people bring in forsythia and force the blooms. I had no idea you could do that and can't wait to give it a try.

Nancy Simpson said...

Thanks, Sam.

I have a bouquet of forsythia in full bloom on my desk right now. They are bright and sunny. I started to post a picture of them. The ones in the yard are blooming one yellow bell at a time. Ding dong. I'm a happy lady to see spring come early this year. Last year spring was so late everything bloomed at the same time. That is the gift of a late spring- daffodils blooming with tulips and red buds and creeping phlox and cherry trees - all on the same day. This year there is no way red buds will bloom with daffodils. It is truly an early spring. I'll take spring any way I can get it.