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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, February 14, 2012


I've noticed several searches recently - readers looking for "weather in the southern Appalachian Mountains" or "snow in the southern Appalachian Mountains. I have been slack in my weather reports this winter. The reason for that - we've not had much of a winter. 

We've had no snow until last Saturday morning, and that did not stick, even snowed most of the day, but it did not stick. I woke up this morning with snow again on the ground but at sunrise it rained and by noon the snow was gone. Neither time did it stick on the driveway, so there has been no alarm whatsoever. 

This winter has been nothing like the past two winters. It's been, so far, a wonderful, cozy winter with lots of walking weather.  And flowers, you will not believe it. The daffodils started blooming in the last days of January. By February 10th, I had many clumps of purple crocus blooming, King Alfred Daffodils and last Saturday, even with snow, my larger Flowering Quince bloomed and also one lovely Lenten Rose.  I will keep you posted if
anything changes, but as it stands, I have not seem much of winter this season on Cherry Mountain. It's been like a gift to me.

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