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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."

Saturday, September 24, 2011


I was invited to participate today in a world wide poetry project - 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE. The North Carolina Poets are especially out in number today. I was invited by Joseph Bathanti and Kathryn Kirkpatrick to stuff the e mail boxes of NC Legislators with "political poems. " I did not think I had any political poems, but I learned almost any poet could see their poems change into political poems by simply sending them to a politician.

All of the poems I sent are included in my newest poetry collection  LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE New and Selected Poems published at Carolina Wren Press. If you have my book, you might take a look. Here is what I sent:

Kay Hagan - US Senate under the heading of TRANSPORTATION, "Map."

Richard Burr US Senator from NC sent under the heading of DEFENSE, "Recovery."

Governor Bev Pardue under the heading of ROADS IN APPALACHIA, "Living Above the Frost line."

Heath Schuler, Congressman for NC 11th District under the heading of TRASPORTATION,
"Living Above the Frost Line."

Jim Davis, NC Senator, under the heading of TRANSPORTATION, "Living Above the Frost Line."

James Forrester, NC Senator, under the heading of ENVIRONMENT, "What She Saw and What She Heard."

Don East, NC Senator, under the heading of  HEALTH CARE, "My Father Told Me."

I also sent President Obama a poem about "the transfiguration of evil to good" from my poem
"Skin Diver's Memory."  I believe "everything changes" and evil can change to good. A U-Boat can become a "living reef where creatures of the deep make a home," although that may take decades.

The Skin Diver’s Memory
Beneath the Killing sea
that holds a wealth of secrets,
off the shore of Morehead City,
a German 352 U-boat
with its own rich secrets
is an island of plenty.
The German U-boat
is a living reef,
a plentiful island, submersed.
I’ve been there.  I’ve seen it,
a living reef where creatures
of the deep make a home.
I’ve been there. I’ve seen it,
a torpedo, its mouth crusted,
make a home of the deep
on this deserted battlefield.
I look into the crusted mouth
of a torpedo forgotten
on a deserted battlefield
known as a Torpedo Alley.
A torpedo, forgotten,
is the Heaven for Angelfish.
In Torpedo Alley one day
an angel swam out through the mouth,
out of the Heaven for Angelfish.
It brushed my cheek with its fin.
A fish swam out of a torpedo
and I understood then underwater
the chemistry of a U-boat, the slow
transfiguration from evil to good
off the shore of Morehead City
beneath the killing sea.
by Nancy Simpson

1 comment:

Glenda Beall said...

Good for you, Nancy! I didn't get my poems sent to the legislators on the 24th. I had a family event and was out of town and too busy to deal with it, but your chosen poems were perfect for those you sent them to.
It is good to know that so many poets sent poems and that they were read. Like you, I would not think of my poems as political, but I suppose it is all in the mind of the reader.