About the book
This collection of poetry has been gathered from poets across the country,
with a theme of remembering times gone by.
C. Pleasants York
When. . .
constellations of fireflies –
as the day closes down into shadows –
hover in the air, darkling, dim,
heavy with the scents
of gardenias, cinnamon gum, jelly beans.
I stand on tiptoes
clutch with chubby fingers
the jar – holes punched in the lid
with a rusty nail.
I cup my hands
as fireflies send a Morse code
of mystery – blink, blank, blink.
I coax – wishImay wishImight –
squint my eyes,
will the glimmers of light to me –
Yes! – then giggle as tiny bug legs
tickle my fingers.
I have captured a star.
Remember. . .
the jar is no more
gone like time,
but as I reminisce
I lift the lid – pretend –
and out they flit –
memory. . .
after memory. . .
after memory. . .
C. PLEASANTS YORK of Sanford, NC, weaves remember whens, times that
were, past perfects, days of old into poetry and prose, memory
boxes, Victorian collage, antique decoupage. She creates
tapestries of time, begems, bejewels, houses of dreams and schemes,
mannequins of memories, chimney sweeps, and tiny peeps on wings that
sing. She crafts remnants and remains, once-weres, but now-ares.
Her wisdom words are Pleasantries, Weaver of Destiny and Dream
Within a Dream.
|Mama’s Famous Mashed Potatoes
I’D NEVER EVEN been close to a dead person before, much less
ever seen somebody die. It happened one Thanksgiving.
Aunt Josie, the oldest of Daddy’s
sisters, married “late in life”; so Paw Paw had to be grateful
rather than particular.
To say that Uncle Bud was an
embarrassment to the family is an understatement. First of all he
came from up North–a Yankee–and drove around selling ladies’
lace and other unmentionables. Since he’d married Aunt
Josie, his stomach had grown so big he couldn’t see the tips of
his toes without bending forward until he got all red-faced. And he
didn’t always treat Aunt Josie right either. I know because I’d
heard that Paw Paw had to “talk” to him about it more than once.
Finally, everybody knew, but wouldn’t say, that when he went on
the road he consorted with loose women. Lord only knows what kinda
loose woman would consort with him.
We’d just finished the
blessing for our Thanksgiving Day’s dinner when amidst echoing “Amens,”
Uncle Bud staggered up, grabbed his chest, let out a holler, did a
one arm swan dive across the table, and landed face down in a big
yellow bowl of Mama’s famous mashed potatoes. There he lay jerking
like a frog leg frying in a cast iron skillet, then went all
Well, I haven’t got to tell
you how flabbergasted everybody was. After all, it’s not every day
that a grown man, or anybody else for that matter, up and flings
himself across the dinner table and buries his face up to the back
of his ears in a bowl of Mama’s famous mashed potatoes.
Daddy called an ambulance; but
by the time it came screaming up, Uncle Bud was dead. Turned out he’d
had a heart attack, but that wasn’t what killed him. It seems that
while he lay face down in the potatoes he’d inhaled several
Riding home from the funeral in
Paw Paw’s big black Buick, Daddy said. “It was real bad the way
That got everyone’s
attention. We’d never heard Daddy refer to Uncle Bud without
calling him “no-a-count.” Then he glanced at Paw Paw. “You
know... he really preferred Mary Ann’s famous mashed potatoes with
Paw Paw nodded, smiled, and
grunted, “That’s a fact.”
TOM DAVIS’ publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina
Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observers
Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, and Special
Warfare. He’s authored a collection of short stories, The
Life and Times of Rip Jackson; a children’s coloring book,
Pickaberry Pig; a how to book on writing a ranger patrol
order, The Patrol Order;
and an action adventure novel, The
R-complex. Tom lives in Webster, NC.
About the Authors
G. Adams is currently inspired
by the works of George Lucas. Having recently contributed regularly to the
Old Mountain Press Anthology Series, he is attempting to take his poetry
into new dimensions. Matthew lives in Midway
Ervin Adams remembers her father
quoting poetry to her from memory, and her mother helping her to complete
a poem for an elementary school assignment. She later discovered that
words were her favorite toys. In 2006, Sandra’s first chapbook was, Union
Point Park Poems, and in 2011, her second was, Through a Weymouth
Window. She lives near Jacksonville, NC
and depends on her memory to write many of her poems.
JoAnna Arnold’s piece is her
reaction to a recent encounter with her beloved grandfather, whose mind
and body—like all of ours—is failing. Although she teaches high school
French and Spanish, her heart is in her writing and in mission work
and Costa Rica. This is her first
publication with Old Mountain Press. JoAnna
lives in Americus, GA,
with her husband and three children.
Russell Barnes lives in Wilson, NC.
She is a retired nurse, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and
great-grandmother. She studied writing at BartonCollege
and WilsonCommunity College
and has written poetry for three decades. Her poems have been published in
Crucible, Pembroke Magazine, Dragonfly and many other magazines and
anthologies. She has held offices in The NC Poetry Society and The Poetry
Council of NC.
Basset’s poems have been published
in more than 60 journals and anthologies. His most recent books are The
Old Stoic Faces the Mirror: A Life in
Poems (Salt Marsh Cottage Books, 2010) and South Wind Rising: A
Novel (ATTM Press, 2010). Now retired from academia, he lives with his
wife Peg in Greenwood, South
Carolina, near their grandchildren.
Bradley spent thirty years in the US
Air Force from which he retired in August 2008. He and his, wife, Laura,
were stationed at the different military locations. During his career he
wrote poetry off and on and now has the opportunity to concentrate on his
writing. Most of his poems are related to this faith, his family or the
military. They raised three children, a daughter in the Army, a daughter
married to Army, and a son in the Air Force. Jerry and Laura currently
live in Raeford, NC.
Ethelena Jackson Brown was born
in Baconton, GA,
on January 8, 1915, and lived in Macon, GA,
since her graduation from college in 1937. For twenty years, she
taught highschool English and an
assortment of other subjects. The joy of her life was spending time with
six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Excerpts from her
autobiography, Growing up Southern InBaconton,
Georgia made up her contribution to this anthology.
Burroughs has been involved
since childhood in visual art, poetry, and music. She has taught English
and art, and her art hangs in many homes. A collection of her poems,
Beyond the Hills, can be purchased on Amazon.com or from The Chapel
Hill Press. Stuart lives in Chapel Hill, NC,
where she writes, paints, and plays her piano program,Musicto
Remember, every week at several locations.
Collins’ poem was written as part
of Authors Respond to Art, an annual activity of The Authors Club of
Augusta. An active member of The Augusta Poetry Group, she teaches English
at the University
of South Carolina Aiken. She and her husband
David, who live in Graniteville, SC,
have recently been smitten by a new granddaughter named Allyson.
is an errant explorer who exhibits disdain when being defined. She lives
in Waynesville, surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Western
writes her days away beneath the shadow of ChilhoweeMountain
in the majestic Chilhowee National Forest
of Benton, Tennessee. She is a wife, momma, mamaw,
and volunteer in her community. Her primary role is a lover of Appalachia
and God who created these ancient, blue, smokey
Davis’s publishing credits
include Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia
Athlete, The Fayetteville Observers Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice
Vol. I and II,
and Special Warfare.
He’s authored a collection of short stories, The Life and Times of
Rip Jackson; a children’s coloring book, Pickaberry
Pig; a how to book on writing a ranger patrol order, The Patrol
Order; and an action adventure novel, The R-complex. Tom lives
in Webster, NC.
CATHERINE E. ENTROCASO thinks in italics. She
currently teaches English to aspiring high school writers in Fayetteville,
Kirby Erickson, a North Carolina native, is the award-winning
author of three collections of poetry, including her latest book, In the Palms
of Angels (Press 53), with an Introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning
author, Ron Powers. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals,
anthologies and other publications, such as the North Carolina Literary Review, JAMA,
Verse Daily and many others. For more information about her work,
please visit her website at www.terrikirbyerickson.wordpress.com
is a talented writer, who has a B.A. in English and Psychology; she also
holds an MA in English. She taught at FayettevilleTechnicalCommunity
College in Fayetteville, NC,
for several years. Presently, Mrs. Fanelli-Cavener
is compiling her poetry for publication, as well as working on a novel.
M. Ferrari is a regular contributor
to OMP, Dena’s poetry are featured in Westchester Community College of
NY Phoenix (1975); placed several times in Fields of Earth,
sponsored by the Writers’ Ink Guild; in Charles Weyant’s
book, An Odyssey in Broken Rhythms and Ragged Lines (2006).
Poets World-Wide anthologies has many of her works. Dena’s own book, Poems From
the Hearth (2010) shows diversified writing styles. She
and her husband, Peter live in Vass, NC.
Fogelman has been published in The
Noble Generation, That Thing You Do, Pets Across America, Boundless 2011,
They That Go Down to the Sea, Old Time Mountain Music and other
anthologies and school publications. She is a member of Bay Area Writers
League, Gulf Coast Poets, Poetry Society of Texas, The
Arts Alliance Center at ClearLake
and OLLI at UTMB, Galveston.
Ann lives in Friendswood, TX.
Gibson (Northvilles, Michigan)
combined his love of the American West and his fascination with Native
American culture to write the five novels of the Anasazi
Quest series. He has also written a “traditional” Western novel, The
Last Ride, set outside Tucson, Arizona.
All six novels are available at www.pentaclespress.com,
and through Old Mountain Press. TheAnasazi
Quest novels are also available at Amazon.com and through Barnes and
is a retired teacher and guidance counselor who resides in Northville, Michigan.
He has published in a number of journals and anthologies as well as
written numerous articles and two books on his hobby of field trial
beagles. He especially enjoys assisting other aspiring writers in editing
their work and his monthly meetings with friend and motivator, Jim
is a seasoned contributor to the OldMountain
anthology series of poetry and prose anthologies and has published in
other areas as well. His poetry is generated by his life experiences and
subject matter that peaks his interest. He writes with many different
styles and most of his work is thought provoking in form. He is working on
three personal collections and a private website to showcase his work and
the work of others.
of Hendersonville, NC
is author of Notes from the Trunk, Old Mountain Press (www.oldmp.com/mariangowan.htm).
She has contributed to several anthologies, including Christmas
Presence, Clothes Lines, and Women’s Spaces Women’s Places edited
by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham, American Patchwork, St.
Martins Press, and several from Old Mountain Press.
lives in Raleigh, NC
where she works as a writer, photographer, and local historian. A graduate
and North CarolinaStateUniversity,
her articles, essays, and poetry have appeared in literary journals, the
News and Observer, and other publications. She is currently working on
a collection of her essays.
to Fayetteville, NC,
over a year ago. She enjoys spending time with family, friends and her
MaXine Carey Harkerand
have lived 57 years in the little one-stop-light town of Grifton, NC,
reared 5 children who have produced grandchildren and great grandchildren
in far-flung places. Published in national, state
and local publications. She prefers non-fiction, sonnets, and
haiku. Taught Writing for Publication for 30+ years at Community Colleges,
in New Bern. MaXine
is 82, her doctor tells her she is
Hassan (D. A. Spruzen)
earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte and
teaches creative writing for the Fairfax County Adult and Community
Education Department. In another life she was Manager of Publications for
a Northern Virginia defense contractor. Her short stories
and poems have appeared in several publications, and she has written two
novels, one set in World War II England,
and the other in New York City
and Northern Virginia. She lives in McLean, VA.
has submitted his first piece of prose for publication in this anthology.
He hopes it will be found enjoyable by Old Mountain Press readers. He is a
former president of the Writers’ Ink Guild of Fayetteville and published
his first chap book in 2004 entitled, Of Love and War.
ArnieJohanson is a retired philosophy professor now living in Durham,NC
(summers in Minnesota). His poetry has appeared in
numerous journals and anthologies, and he has published two chapbooks.
Judge lives in Cincinnati
with his beautiful wife, Michele, two imperial felines and a former
shelter dog named Luna who stole his heart. He has work in several
journals and has published seven chapbooks. He’s the proud papa of two
grown sons, Nick and Devin.
Kennedy Jr. has published three
(3) books of poetry, short stories, and essays Our Place In
Time, Waiting Out In The Yard, and For Rhyme Or Reason. He has
published works in over twenty anthologies and periodicals. He has four
(4) children who are (1) A Broadway Leading Lady (2) A President of a
Corporation (3) A Real Estate Developer and (4) A Mother of four (4)
grandchildren. He humbly gives thanks to his wife of 46 years, Sara Lynn.
and her cats Max, Neville, and Tippy live in Rock
Hill, SC, where she teaches at WinthropUniversity
and wishes she had more time to write. In the last six months she has
spent more time in airports than she would like, which will eventually end
up in a poem somewhere.
Kennedy Lain lives in Hubert, North
Carolina, continues to be inspired by life, both past and present, with
published works in anthologies, literary journals and online magazines.
Recipient of Senior Literary and Visual Arts awards for past four years,
and a Gilbert-Chappel Distinguished Poet
Series Adult Student Poet in 2009. She continues as a member of the
Coastal Poetry Consortium, North Carolina Poetry Society, Onslow
Council for Arts, and Onslow Art Society.
L. Ledford’s work has appeared
Music, Traveling Time, Just Between Us,
They That Go Down to the Sea, You GottaLove’em,
Exit 109, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge,
and other anthologies. Blanche lives in Hayesville, NC.
Her hobbies include reading, gardening, writing, and quilting.
Kay Ledford lives in Hayesville, NC,
and holds a MA in Education. Her work has appeared in OldTimeMountain
Music, Traveling Time, Just Between Us,
They That Go Down to the Sea, You GottaLove’em,
Exit 109, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge,
and other anthologies. She received the 2011 Paul Green Award for her
book, Simplicity, co-authored with Blanche L. Ledford. Visit Brenda’s
Macon finds a rich source of
inspiration for her poetry right in her home town of Fuquay Varina,
NC. She has received awards for her poetry from the N.C. Poetry Society,
The Writer’s Inc Guild, and the Gilbert-Chappel
Distinguished Poets Series. She recently published her first book of
poetry, Shelf Life. When not writing, she enjoys teaching ESL and
Sunday School, book group, gardening and
spending time with family.
Manning lives with his wife Doris in
Cary, NC and has work in a number of journals, seven chapbooks (most
recently Continents of Light, Finishing Line, 2010), and two
full-length collections, The Flower Sermon (Main Street Rag, 2007)
and Yodeling Fungus, see www.oldmp.com/DaveManning.htm
(Old Mountain Press, 2010).
Miles is the author of several
novels and short story collections and co-editor of three anthologies of
women writers’ works. A retired community college instructor, she lives
in Asheville, NC.
Norris has written one unpublished
novel that came back from the publisher so quickly that it must have been
the mailroom boy who rejected it. He has written many shorter but equally
undistinguished stories and poems. Nevertheless, he lives happily beside a
pond inNew Bern, NC
with his still-gorgeous spouse, and persists in writing all sorts of trash
on a more-or-less continuous basis.
writes poetry and non-fiction based on family facts and lore. Her work has
appeared in previous OMP anthologies as well as other regional
publications. She was recently elevated to the status of
great-grandmother. She and her husband live in Hendersonville, NC.
L. Parrish poems have appeared in Mountain
High, Bay Leaves, Poem, Poets for Peace, and other publications. She
lives and works in Raleigh, NC.
D. Phillips is currently pursuing an
M.A. in English at WinthropUniversity
in Rock Hill, SC.
He recently won an award for a critical essay on Jonathan Swift published
in The Sigma Tau Delta Review, and his poetry has most recently appeared
in the Atlantic Pacific Press as well as the OMP Anthologies Words,
Traveling Time, Just Between Us, They That Go Down to the Sea, and You Gotta
Rhodes is an actor/writer. He has
written plays & films. He lives in West
EWINA ROOKER grew up in Warrenton, NC, lived in
Bridgeton, NC, on the Neuse River, and now lives at The Courtyards of
Berne Village in New Bern, NC. She holds degrees from Duke
University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her
poems have appeared in several OMP anthologies. Her newspaper column
Observations appears in The Warren Record.
Lynn Veach Sadler,
(former) college president, editor, poet, fiction/creative nonfiction
writer, and playwright, is widely published in academics and creative
writing. She has seven chapbooks and another and two full-length
collections in press. One story appears in Del Sol’s Best of 2004
Butler Prize Anthology; a novel will soon join her novella and
short-story collection. From Sanford, NC,
she has traveled around the world five times and works fulltime writing
Catherine Scott is the author of the
prizewinning poetry collections Breakfast at the Shangri-la, Fainting
at the Uffizi, and Night Huntress; and the prizewinning
chapbooks Birth Mother and Coming Down
from Bataan. Her recently published collection, An Innocent in the
House of the Dead, was written in collaboration with ex-Death Row
inmate John Lee Conaway, who is now her legally adopted son. Her website
up in Atlanta
and wrote a weekly column for the Atlanta Journal before moving to
N.C. where she wrote about dogs for the Fayetteville Observer. Her
interest in dogs led her to a career of instructing people and dogs in the
art of understanding dog behavior through obedience training. Being a
romantic has led her writing to encompass love in all it’s
aspects. She lives with her husband and a house full of rescued dogs
in Fayetteville, NC.
Shapiro, a previous contributor to
OMP, is a four-time and current Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts. She
is the author of a professional book, many journal articles, over 200
published poems, and three books of poetry. She practices as a
psychologist in Lexington, MA.
has lived in the same house in Chapel Hill
for fifty-three years. Since retirement from pharmacy in 1990, she has
published two books of poetry- Searchings–
Rocks Rainbow Revelations and Loves and Lives of Living and Loving;two
memoirs- Confessions of an Outer Banks Filly and Valley of the
Shadow– a journey through grief; contributed poetry and prose to
numerous anthologies; and has another memoir in progress.
LINDA M. SMITH has lived in the mountain-lake
town of Hayesville, NC with her husband since 1989. She is a member of the
NC Writers Network West and enjoyed its many critique groups and
workshops. Her poems were published in their two anthologies, Lights in
the Mountains and Echoes Across the Blue Ridge. Her poems
and essays were also published in many of the Old Mountain Press books and
in Freeing Jonah V.
of Jamestown, North
Carolina, is the step-daughter of William Kyle
Bobbitt, to whom she dedicates this poem. Her daddy, Kyle, changed the
course of her life and helped mold her into the woman she is today. A
woman who understands, death is but a dream. They may visit in a dream, or
touch us on a breeze. But the loves we lose to death remain constant.
Spiegel, 90 years old in February
2012, moved from Hiawassee, GA
to live with her daughter just outside Gainesboro, TN,
surrounded by mountain forest. She belonged to writing clubs in GA and NC,
and has attended meetings of a club in a library in TN. She says she has
always written poetry, her mother had one of her poems published in the
newspaper when she was a teenager, and she has had many published in
anthologies and magazines. She studied reading and poetry writing at JohnCampbellFolkSchool
and at TricountyCollege.
her way back to writing a few years ago. She is a real estate investment
broker by day and a writer by night. She and her husband call Saluda, NC
home. Her stories have appeared in Spirit of the Smokies,A
Long Story Short, Western NC Woman,
Moonshine Review, and numerous anthologies.
Barbara Taylor lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Her poems have appeared in Bay Leaves, Ibbetson Street,
Bee Culture, on New Verse News and in The Broad River Review
and several Old Mountain Press anthologies. Her chapbook One Or
Two Feathers was released in fall 2010 by Plan B Press; Jake and Jill, the
story of a marriage, summer 2011 by Ridgeline Press; and Cameo Roles, in
October 2011 from Big Table Publishing.
Watson has enjoyed ice cream sugar
cones and root beer floats as long as she can remember! She’s pleased to
have poems in eight previous OMP collections. Her short stories are
published in WNC Woman, moonShine
review and anthologies Clothes Lines and Women’s Spaces Women’s
Places in 2011. The Watsons migrated from the coast of MA
to Flat Rock in 1995 and never regret our decision to live 3000 feet above
Evelyne Weeks is a writer of both
poetry and prose. Her work has been published in The Hollins
Critic, Appalachian Heritage, and Out of the Rough: Women’s Poems
of Survival and Celebration. Today she lives in Rock
Hill,South Carolina, where she
has taught English at WinthropUniversity
currently resides in New
lives in Fayetteville, NC,
where he has been a member of Writers’ Ink Guild for over twenty-seven
years. He read on Public Radio for ten years. A true imagist poet, his
work appears in more than a dozen anthologies, and his book An
Odyssey In Broken Rhythms And Ragged Lines
was nominated for a Push Cart Award.
Ward Whitlock (widow of a
Presbyterian minister, mother of four, grandmother of seven) is a writer,
teacher, and traveler. She has camped in all forty-eight contiguous
states, traveled in Alaska and Hawaii,
and toured more than forty-five countries. Her stories, poems, and
articles have been published in numerous journals, magazines, and
anthologies. Her chapbook Florida Heat was published in 2008.
Stella currently lives in the Glenaire
Retirement Community, Cary, NC.
S. Wilkins grew up on an eastern NC
tobacco farm, and believed she’d never live beyond the county line.
Decades later, she moved to Europe
for almost a dozen years. Her poems are published in the U.S.A.,Canada, Spain, Luxembourg,Switzerland,
and Great Britain.
Along the way, she has won several poetry awards. Today, she lives with
her husband on an airstrip outside Winterville, NC.
Wolf’s short stories and poems
have appeared in several anthologies published mostly in North Carolina. She has lived in Hendersonville, NC,
since moving from Bucks
County, PA, in 1995. Surrounded by woodland and
wildflowers she currently shares her home with five cats.
Ledford Wright an associate editor
to Moonshine and Blind Mules is a frequent contributor to Old Mountain
Press anthologies including Old Time Mountain Music. A
special 150th publication for ClayCounty, and CherokeeCountyNC
Civil War Sesquicentennial Souvenir Edition.Muscadine
Lines: A Southern Journal, Express Yourself 101 Vol
2 For Your Eyes Only, Kaleidoscope, Fireflies and June Bugs,
Yesterdays Magazette, Christmas Presence,
Clothes Lines, Fresh, Mused, Bread ‘N Molasses, and Women’s
Spaces Women’s Places.
Pleasants York of Sanford, NC,
weaves remember whens, times that were,
past perfects, days of old into poetry and prose, memory boxes, Victorian
collage, antique decoupage. She creates tapestries of time, begems,
bejewels, houses of dreams and schemes, mannequins of memories, chimney
sweeps, and tiny peeps on wings that sing. She crafts remnants and
remains, once-weres, but now-ares.
Her wisdom words are Pleasantries, Weaver of Destiny and Dream Within
Youngblood’s works have appeared
in several previous anthologies. Joseph lives in Fayetteville, NC,
where he has a private practice at a mental/behavioral healthcare
therapist. Joseph writes for pleasure and about things he feels strongly
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