Living Above the Frost Line: New and Selected Poems
- 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."
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Living Above the Frost Line: New and Selected Poems
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from Radio - The Writers Almanac with Garrison Keilor
featuring today a poem read by Darnell Arnoult. The poem
"Psychology Today" is from her book What Travels With Us
(2005 LSU Press)
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
(This poem was written in 1994 and was
the first of her poems to be published. It was
written in a poetry class taught by Newt Smith
at WCU who used the prompt - "first kiss".
Jeannette writes -- "It's kind of funny to me now
that it is just as much about the tulip poplar
flowers as it is about the boy. Guess I have
always been focused more on trees than on people.
Is that a bad thing? (LOL)"
PATRIATE (Chapbook) won the 2007 Chapbook Competiton
at Long Leaf Press.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
"There is a Side to the Chicken-Human Relationship that is Deep and Quite Serious," Says POET OF THE MONTH Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin
TWO ADDITIONAL POEMS
Monday, January 17, 2011
Look skyward. January’s moon, known as the Full Wolf Moon is filling fast and will reach fullness on January 19, 2011. The Full Wolf Moon got its name from the deep snows of winter with wolf packs howling hungrily outside Indian villages.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Laureate Series was chosen by Laureate
Kathryn Stripling Byer.
Order from publisher Carolina Wren Press
Friday, January 14, 2011
W.S. Merwin Poem was Read at the Memorial Service for Victims of the Shooting in Tucson, Arizona Jan.12, 2011.
This message speaks to the inherent power of poetry, how we reach for necessary words at times when any words are difficult to find.
The recent memorial service in Tucson concluded with a reading of W.S. Merwin's poem "To the New Year."
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning
so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible
—W.S. Merwin, from Present Company
"To the new Year" was read at the close of the
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
by Jeanette Cabanis-Brewin
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Published at Long Leaf Press
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Already this season we have had snow in Nov., twice in December including a grand White Christmas. Here on January 11th, we've already had additional snow three times: It snowed Friday and covered the ground, but melted and I was able to go do my exercise. It snowed six inches during the night on Sunday, Monday (Jan10) more and snow to wintery mix today on Tuesday, Nov. 11. My drive down the mountain is impassible. I don't know when I'll get out of here. It makes me think of the true Appalachian people. They endured because they are strong.
several extra coats.
In Atlanta, where I have a number of loved ones, it is treacherous, even now. Yesterday, Jan.10th, I sat in front of the t.v. all day hoping my children there were safe. The announcers kept saying "first snow".
At this moment, Nov. 11th, the t.v. is blaring news of Atlanta's Interstate highways blocked. Semi trucks jack knifed and a swarm of trucks have sat at standstill for over twenty four hours. It looks like one giant truck stop. The word treacherous is being used over and over again by every announcer.
Back on the homefront, I have everything I need, including water, food, heat and four furry friends.
This is an adorable puppy that was lost, stranded on the mountain several times this winter. She has spent more than one night in my house on freezing nights. The first night I let her in was in December when it was five degrees. Now, I suspect she thinks she lives here. Below, Nugget and Smoky aka MR. Whiskers.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Birthplace: Wilkinsburg, PA
Location of death: Madison County, NY
Cause of death: Cancer - Lung
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Heart's Needle
University: University of Iowa
Professor: Cornell University (1955-57)
Professor: University of Rochester (1957-58)
Professor: Wayne State University (1958-68)
Professor: University of Delaware (1979-94)
Heart's Needle (1959, poetry)
After Experience (1968, poetry)
Remains (1970, poetry)
In Radical Pursuit (1975, criticism)
The Führer Bunker: A Cycle of Poems in Progress (1977, poetry)
If Birds Build with Your Hair (1979, poetry)
D.D. Byrde Calling Jennie Wrenn (1984, poetry)
W.D.'s Midnight Carnival (1988, poetry)
The Death of Cock Robin (1989, poetry)
The Führer Bunker: The Complete Cycle (1995, poetry)
To Sound Like Yourself: Essays on Poetry (2003, criticism)