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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."

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Clarence Newton is a featured author tonight at POETS AND WRITERS READING POEMS AND STORIES scheduled at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, 7:00 p.m. He will be launching his new poetry collection. You must not miss this. Come early. We expect standing room only.

Clarence Newton’s first poetry collection, Short Glances Forward and a Long Look Back, sparkles with humor, yet shows the life of a man who learned that some pain never goes away, some wounds never heal.  In “Examination,” one of his strongest poems, he writes: “My beautiful, intelligent child has become a lost man.”  Other favorites of mine are the image-rich poems: “Damsel Dancing Sideways” written for his wife, and “ October Sands”, which leaves me with  the eternal image of men fishing. 

Newton’s keen observation after over forty years in an aviation career comes through in his poems, whether he observes the human nature of pilots on a misguided bombing mission or when he watches a hawk circling its prey. His appreciation for poetry gives us his most humorous and delightful poems: “If I were an English Major”  and his love poem to Emily Dickinson, “Dream Number 4001.”  The reader will cry maybe, will laugh for sure, and keep turning the pages.   --Nancy Simpson, author of  Night Student and Living Above the Frost Line.

SHORT GLANCES FORWARD AND A LONG LOOK BACK Poems by Clarence Newton was published by Sourwood Cove Publishing and Mountain Graphics, Hiawassee, Georgia. The book may be bought a Phillips and Lloyd Booksellers in Hayesville, NC,
or can be ordered from the author at 1951 Rolling Meadows, Young Harris, Georgia 30582.($12.00 includes postage and handling.)

From the Back Cover

“The observant eye of Clarence Newton, his original way of encountering the world, often humorously and always thoughtful, invites the reader to come along for an enriching journey
 --Janice Townley Moore, autor of Teaching the Robins.”
“Clarence Newton’s writing is entertaining at the same time it tells us something important. A pervasive quality in his work is humor. Particularly in verse, the author is quite clever (as in “Froggy”)He has a serious side as well (see “Short Glances Forward and a Long Look Back.” 
--Robert S. King, author of The Hunted River and The Gravebigger’s Roots.
It is always a delight to read poetry that is playful.  And Clarence Newton’s poems are not only playful, but often have a biting edge.  There are no wasted words, and plenty of sharp and witty observations that leave the reader pondering long after the poem has been read.  A good poem should stick with you, and these will, along with a grin or chuckle, too. --Rosemary Rhodes Royston, Poet and Writing Instructor.

Also featured on the POETS AND WRITERS READING POEMS AND STORIES program co sponsored by NC Writers Network  West and  John C. Campbell Folk School, will be nationally known  poet Robert S. King. (see following feature on Robert. S. King.

1 comment:

Glenda Beall said...

I am so happy Clarence Newton has published that book I've been waiting for a long time. Can't wait to get it.
So sorry I won't be in town and able to go to his reading tonight. I'd love to be there.