- Nancy Simpson
- 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, May 2, 2011
MAY BRINGS THE MAY APPLE, A FAVORITE APPALACHIAN WILDFLOWER
April and National Poetry Month has slipped quietly into history, but I keep thinking of that very special time in my life. As a poet, it was encouraging to see poets step forth and make things happen. Finally Oprah's O Magazine had a feature on poetry. Although it was at the back of the magazine, there were many pages. It was amazing to see Our USA Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin featured, so now more citizens know that America does have a Poet Laureate. I was happy to see one of my favorite poets featured in O Magazine, Mary Oliver.
Every day during April, I eagerly read Kathryn Stripling's blog. She was featuring a poet each day during the month. I was amused and laughed with joy toward the end of the month, as days were running out, she began featuring two poets each day.
I myself, on my site, had featured one poet for the entire month, Robert S. King. "Why did I do that?" I chided myself, but then I reasoned it out in my mind. On this site, I feature one poet every month. For this special occasion, I wanted to choose someone who had given much to poetry but one who has not received the honors he deserved. Robert S. King has dedicated his life to promoting the work of other poets. I hope if you missed reading about him and reading his accomplished poetry, you will go back to the archive for April 2011, and get yourself caught up.
I have some catching up to do myself. Today I received another link to a site that featured a poet a day during National Poetry Month. A number of our best poets are featured. Rosemary Royston's "Dogwood Winter" poem which first published in Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, was included. Read and enjoy.