First Drumbeat(Part of Living Poem) The time has come.Call it a drum,Or a crumb,What’s left of life. I used to tell a jokeWhen my life was wide,And I was a stud,And not a dud—I knowI’m not a dud. I’m a dude,A dad. But everyone mustRebut the dud chargeAt summing up time. Oh yeah, the joke,A trademark one for meIn that it’s not funny. I used to say I’ll never retireFrom writingBecause if I’m ever…See More
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be launching her new poetry collection A Neighborhood Changes (Finishing Line Press, 2018) at a book presentation and signing to be held at the McDowell County Public Library in Marion on October 24.See More
"I'll ask the kids, Barb and Ethan, if they have any contacts who might have an interest in this as a unique topic for any performers they know. It might also be something that my friend Ruby Lerner could brainstorm about to her theatre…"
More from the World of ALS (Part of Living Poem) Negotiating steps is like someone who seeksTo emulate a goat on mountain peaks. Crossing a threshold, limping inIs like the valley-walking of an Olympian. A cane and its grip make a fellow stopTo consider the physics of leans and drops. To know how a forefinger grabs and digsImagine your digits are chestnut twigs When a new drug trial notably…See More
RANDALL KENAN SELECTS NANCY WERKING POLING WINNER OF THE 2018 ALEX ALBRIGHT CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE(31 August 2018)Nancy Werking Poling of Black Mountain is the winner of the 2018 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize competition for "Leander’s Lies." Poling will receive $1000 from the North Carolina Literary Review, thanks to a generous NCLR reader’s donation that allowed this year’s honorarium to increase (from the previous award of $250). Her winning essay will be published in the North…See More
Upcoming Rides(Part of Living Poem) I must take a break from writing aboutThe third Lord Granville’s loss of landIn colonial North Carolina to noteI’m losing functionality in my hands. I’m confining my writing to a four-line,Alternate rhyme form, like a horse-fenceFraming a pantomimeOf equine force. Hence, It’s time to imagine the power of mind,For instance, when a nod or thoughtInstructs a machine to…See More
The Epic of the Cherokee and the Colonists Hernando De Soto stopped in Asheville in 1541 When the Spanish conquistador came through here on his way from the Gulf Coast to Lake Michigan, he encountered big towns, well-used roads, and abandoned homes. A smallpox epidemic—one of a series of plagues…See More
Again, thanks so very much! I look forward to your reading my books--and do want to know what you think of them. I think all writers really appreciate comments from their readers.
I remember you, of course, and I remember also your earnestness and your willingness to learn and to write I remember, too, that you did once write to me after you left NC.
How did you get to Knoxville and have you lived there long? And I trust that you still have an interest in writing as your comments indicate.
I shall await your comments on the books with interest. I'm assuming you found New Ground, The Ambiguity of Morning, and First Light on Amazon. I do have Thanks for the Dark but That's Not Home: Poems and Stories--and, of course, Colloquy in Black and White: Poems; these 2 are not on Amazon, I don't think. And I have a book of poems entitled Home that is forthcoming from March Street Press, a small press in Greensboro.
There is a local publishing company called Grateful Steps--the author Joan Medlicott and I have a book coming out from them entitled Reflections in a River--Joan did the photographs and she invited me to write the haiku to accompany the photographs--I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product!
Rob Neufeld has been very good to support me and other local writers and to do reviews of my books. Just recently I read at Malaprops in their Poetria series on Sundays with 2 other poets. And we were interviewed/filmed by 2 students from Univ. of SC who were traveling the southeast interviewing writers and artists as part of a film project. That was a fun experience!
Do let me hear from you again.
Yes, I am indeed that same journalism teacher--and what a treat to hear from you! You are very generous with you praise, and I must admit that it does my heart good to hear your words--and to hear that I had such a lasting, positive effect on you and your writing life.
How wonderful is that! I hope you do enjoy my books. I have a new book of poetry, Colloquy in Black and White (Rob Neufeld's comments/review are here on The Read.
I would love to hear what you think of the books. Please do let me know. And do let me know more about what you are doing right now in your (writing) life and otherwise.
Again, I am so very delighted to hear from you. Best, Nancy Dillingham