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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."

Sunday, October 23, 2016


When one lives on a mountain as I do, Autumn and the season of the changing of the leaves is a long, drawn-out event beginning the first week in September and lasting through the first week in November or later. The joy is seeing each leaf change, one leaf at a time. And all the while, because we are situated "above the frost line" we have flowers blooming in our full sun perennial garden.

The Atlanta newspapers usually announce Peak as occurring around the middle of October but for me, it seldom ever occurs here before the weekend after the 15th of October. Living near the North Carolina-Georgia state lines, I get even an extended season, for when all the leaves are going fast  on the NC mountains, I can drive over to Hiawassee, Blairsville or Blue Ridge Georgia in November and see PEAK  all over again.

PHOTOS BELOW TAKEN OCTOBER 22, 2016 at Winding Stair Gap.( Highway 64 between Hayesville and Franklin, NC. and in our full sun perennial garden.


1 comment:

Glenda Council Beall said...

Such beautiful photos, Nancy. You do live in a special place on that mountain and your garden is beautiful throughout the year.