Yin Yang: A Poetry and Prose Anthology's
theme is works that have conflicting images. Things not as they first appear. Unforeseen/unpredictable twists throughout or at the end. Works that show balance i.e. man vs nature etc. A total of 53 writers from across the US as well as England contributed to this excellent work.

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The Simbol (Yin-Yang) represents the ancient Chinese understanding of how things work. The outer circle represents “everything”, while the black and white shapes within the circle represent the interaction of two energies, called “yin” (black) and “yang” (white), which cause everything to happen. They are not completely black or white, just as things in life are not completely black or white, and they cannot exist without each other.

While “yin” would be dark, passive, downward, cold, contracting, and weak, “yang” would be bright, active, upward, hot, expanding, and strong. The shape of the yin and yang sections of the symbol, actually gives you a sense of the continual movement of these two energies, yin to yang and yang to yin, causing everything to happen: just as things expand and contract, and temperature changes from hot to cold.

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This collection of poetry and prose that have conflicting images. Things not as they first appear. Unforeseen/unpredicted twists throughout or at the end. SEE SAMPLES BELOW.


The Bloody Yawn

Tom Davis


THE NIGHT’S HEAT and dampness hung like a shroud. Mosquitoes buzzed. One lit near the tip of his bushy red handlebar moustache. He felt an irritating sting as the vector punctured his camouflage-painted skin, but he could do nothing. He glared into the blackness at the faint movement.

     A guard ambled toward him, weapon slung. This one’s small, he thought, barely shoulder height. But that AK’s a great equalizer.

     McQuid eased the Gerber from its scabbard, the handle settling in his hand. Gotta be quick and quiet—mostly quiet, he thought, as rain drowned the night sounds.

     The guard stopped, then turned from the jungle wall that hid the Irishman. McQuid led with his left foot. His huge hand reached around cupping mouth and nose. He pulled the guard to his chest hyper-extending the throat. In the same instant, he placed the Gerber’s blade over the jugular.

     He felt momentary resistance as serrated teeth tore through skin, vein, and cartilage. After the initial incision, the Gerber sliced efficiently from left to right opening a red quarter moon.

     Air gushed. Sticky spurts soaked McQuid’s sleeve. The coppery smell of fresh blood flooded the air. The guard twisted violently with surprising strength then, in a bubbling wheeze, gave up.

     McQuid dissolved into the jungle with the body, placed it belly down, paused, and listened. The unrelenting rain soaked the foliage. A stench filled his nostrils as the corpse let loose both bowels and bladder. McQuid turned his victim. A bloody yawn drooled.

     At another time and place, he would have called the woman beautiful. But this was not another time or place. This was here and now, and she was dead—very ugly dead.

     A lone mosquito buzzed McQuid’s ear and lit on his neck. He squashed it.


Tom Davis' publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observer's Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, Special Warfare., and Winston-Salem Writers' POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT program for May 2013 (poetry month). He's authored the following books: The Life and Times of Rip Jackson, The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On, The Patrol Order; and The R-complex. Tom lives in Webster, NC.






     Thomas Rain Crowe


When moon becomes

the mask of the sun

and rocks shed their skin

like snakes

to join in circles and dance.

And water runs uphill

to turn into fire.

How will we sing to the land?

What hidden mercy will have

boarded up our past in dreams?

Seeds buried by soil.

Faces covered by the fingers of negligence.

Our ancient names.

Thomas Rain Crowe is a prize-winning poet and an internationally- published author of thirty books, including the multi-award winning book of nonfiction Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2005); The Laugharne Poems written in Wales and published by Welsh publisher Carreg Gwalch in 1997; and the classic contemporary Celtic language anthology Writing the Wind: A Celtic Resurgence. As an editor, he has worked with Beatitude magazine, Katuah Journal and the Asheville Poetry Review. He is founder and publisher of New Native Press. His literary archives have been purchased by the Duke University Special Collections Library. He lives in the Tuckasegee community of rural western North Carolina.

About the Contributors 


Sam Barbee’s poems have appeared Crucible, Asheville Poetry Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina, Potato Eyes, Georgia Journal, St. Andrews Review, Main Street Rag, Iodine, and Pembroke Magazine, among others; plus on-line journals Vox Poetica, Pyrokinection, and The Blue Hour. His Second collection, That Rain We Needed (Press 53), was published in April of 2016. Sam lives in Winston-Salem with his wife and has two children, and is a Past-President of Winston-Salem Writers.

Patricia Barkman has written three books, Lieber, A Gift to Kathryn from Granny Pat, and My Chocolate Lover. Patricia lives in Newtown, CT.

Frederick W. Bassett is a retired academic who lives with his wife Peg in Greenwood, South Carolina. He enjoys writing poetry and fiction, reading widely, and watching his grandchildren grow up. Fred is the author of four books of poetry and two novels. His poems have appeared in numerous journal and anthologies, including most of those published by Old Mountain Press.

Staci Lynn Bell, a Chicago native, attended University of Wisconsin, Madison. She relocated to South Florida, gaining popularity as a 25 year radio and television personality. Her poetry and prose have been published in Old Mountain Press, Kakalak 2016 Wild Goose Poetry, Wolf Warriors Anthology, 234 Journal and medaled twice in Cherokee County, NC, Silver Arts 2016. She lives with the loves of her life, her two dogs, in Hayesville, NC.

Marcie Behm-Bultz is a population scientist who lives in Aiken, SC. Thanks to the military and her enjoyment of travel, she has lived or spent the night in, forty-nine states and over sixty countries, and often bases her poems on destinations. Marcie has been published by social and behavioral science journals along with the Old Mountain Press.

Jerry Bradley retired from the military after thirty years of service in August, 2008. He now has the opportunity to concentrate on his writing, most of which are related to his faith, his family, or the military. He and his wife, Laura, raised three children, a daughter in the Army, a daughter married to Army, and a son in the Air Force. He and his wife Laura are currently living in Raeford, NC.

Polly Brody has authored five published books: Other Nations, The Burning Bush, At the Flowers Lip, Stirring Shadows and Lore. At the Flower's Lip was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her publishing credits include: The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Potomac Review, Poetpourri, Connecticut River Review. Polly has twice received the Winchell Award from the Connecticut Poetry Society. She lives in Southbury, CT.


Vicki Collins lives in Graniteville, SC, and teaches English at the University of South Carolina Aiken where she earned the 2016 Excellence in Teaching award. Her book, The Silent Appalachian:

Wordless Mountaineers in Fiction, Film, and Television is forthcoming from McFarland Press.


Thomas Rain Crowe is a prize-winning poet and an internationally- published author of thirty books, including the multi-award winning book of nonfiction Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2005); The Laugharne Poems written in Wales and published by Welsh publisher Carreg Gwalch in 1997; and the classic contemporary Celtic language anthology Writing the Wind: A Celtic Resurgence. As an editor, he has worked with Beatitude magazine, Katuah Journal and the Asheville Poetry Review. He is founder and publisher of New Native Press. His literary archives have been purchased by the Duke University Special Collections Library. He lives in the Tuckasegee community of rural western North Carolina.


Phebe Davidson is the author of twenty-some books of poems. What Holds Him to this World (96 Press) won the 2013 South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize. She is a contributing editor at Tar River Poetry and a staff writer for The Asheville Poetry Review. She has been nominated six times for a Push Cart Prize and holds awards including the Kinloch Rivers, Amelia, Soundpost, and Ledge Press manuscript prizes. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.


Tom Davis’ publishing credits include Poets Forum, The Carolina Runner, Triathlon Today, Georgia Athlete, The Fayetteville Observer’s Saturday Extra, A Loving Voice Vol. I and II, Special Warfare., and Winston-Salem Writers’ POETRY IN PLAIN SIGHT program. He’s recently authored his memoir: The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On, The Patrol Order Tom lives in Webster, NC.


Nancy Dillingham is a sixth-generation Dillingham from Big Ivy in western NC. She is the author of ten books of poetry and the co-editor, with Celia Miles, of four anthologies of western NC women writers. Her latest chapbook is entitled More Frailer than Flowers. Her book of poems Home was nominated for a SIBA. She lives in Asheville, NC.


Peter Dome is a published writer and poet living in Sheffield/ Nottingham England. He enjoys nature, pets, socializing, and writing. He hope you enjoy his work. He extends his best wishes to everyone.


Dena M. Ferrari is a regular contributor to OMP, Dena’s poetry are featured in Westchester Community College of NY Phoenix (1975);. Writers Alliance Poets World-Wide anthologies has dozens of her published works. Dena’s own books, Poems From the Hearth"(2010) ; Come Closer My Dearies (2013) and her newest book Charmed Times Three (2015), shows diversified writing styles, leaving a Living Legacy for her grandchildren. She and her husband, Peter live in Vass, NC.


Ann Fogelman has a graduate degree in Public Health Nutrition. During WWII she served in the WAVES. Her work has appeared in The Noble Generation, That Thing You Do. Pets Across America, Texas Poetry Calendar, Boundless, OMP Anthologies and school publications. Ann is a member of the Bay Area Writers League, Gulf Coast Poets, Poetry Society of Texas and Osher Lifetime Learning Institute at UTMB, Galveston, Tx. Ann lives in Friendswood, Tx.


James Gibson, Northville, MI, published five novels in his Anasazi Quest series based on Native American culture in the American Southwest. The series and a western novel, The Last Ride are available at www.PentaclesPress.com . Anasazi Princess and Anasazi Journey are also available as Kindle books.

Marian Gowan is author of Notes from the Trunk, published by Old Mountain Press. Her work has appeared in several Old Mountain Press anthologies and regional publications. Most recently, she contributed to It’s All Relative: Tales from the Tree, edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham. She retired to the NC mountains from western NY in 2001. (mariangowan1@bellsouth.net)


Farley Granger thinks more than he writes, and he writes more than he sees other people. He grew up in a depressed country town and understands the struggles of poor, heartland folks. But he has a lot of hope. Farley lives in La Grange, NC.


Robin Greene is the co-founder and editor of Longleaf Press, Professor of English and Writing, and Director of the Writing Center at Methodist University. Her work appears regularly in journals; she’s published four books and has recently completed a new novel, The Shelf Life of Fire. Greene lives in Fayetteville, NC.


Kerri Mai Habben lives in Raleigh, NC. A graduate of Peace College and North Carolina State University, her work has appeared in literary journals, The News and Observer, and is regularly included in publications throughout the United States and Canada. Kerri has a manuscript of essays she is working to publish.


MaXine Carey Harker and husband Berkley, have lived 60+ 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. She’s taught Writing for Publication for 35+ years at 2 Community Colleges, now Rec Center in New Bern. MaXine is 86 – her doctor tells her she is 87.


Bob Hewett is 83 years of age and writes poems, short stories, humor and satire along with accounts of his father’s story telling skill. Hewett has been named poet of the month on three online writing groups and poet of the year on another. He has published 3 children books. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies. You can read some of Hewett’s writings on his hubpage:

roberthewettsr.hubpages.com. (No www or http)



David (Buzz) Jones, DD, LLD, is from Hartsville, SC: presently living in Ellenboro, NC. David is a freelance writer who loves to try a little poetry. David has self-published five books, which can be read for free at www.buzzwrites.com  Email- cdavidjones316@gmail.com


Brian Lee Knopp wrote the 2009 best-selling memoir Mayhem in Mayberry: Misadventures of a P.I. in Southern Appalachia. He also created the 2012 collaborative novel Naked Came the Leaf Peeper. A former professional sheep shearer with an M.A. degree in English Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, Knopp teaches nonfiction writing for the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC-Asheville.


K. D. Kennedy Jr. has published four (4) books of poetry, short stories, and essays: Our Place In Time, Waiting Out In The Yard, For Rhyme Of Reason, and Progenitors: A Kennedy Genealogy. He has also published works in over twenty anthologies and periodicals. He has served as Chairman of the following: The Board of Trustees of Barton College, the North Carolina Board of Ethics, the North Carolina Theater, and the Building Committee of the Duke Power Performing Arts Center. He has had one wife, four children, and nine grandchildren, to date.


Jo Koster is Professor of English at Winthrop University, where she spends too much time on administrivia and not enough on writing poetry. She and her cats Max and Neville live in comfortable chaos in Rock Hill, SC, with a number of hummingbirds


Blanche L. Ledford writes and resides in Clay County, NC. She has won many awards for her stories about the good old days. Her work has appeared in many Old Mountain Press anthologies. She enjoys quilting, reading, and telling stories about growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her book, Planting by the Signs, received the Paul Green Award from NC Society of Historians.


Brenda Kay Ledford is a seventh generational native of Clay County, NC. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains inspire her writing. Her work has appeared in 30 Old Mountain Press anthologies, and many journals. Finishing Line Press published her three poetry chapbooks, Aldrich Press published her poetry book that won the 2015 Paul Green Award. She is a retired educator, storyteller, poet and enjoys playing the piano and harmonica. She wants to play spoons.


Sherry Lewis lives in Lanesville Indiana. This is her first writing for publication. Her experience in writing came with her first time in college after high school when she spent three years taking classes towards a Secondary Ed. English major with a minor in Journalism. She became a mother of three children after spending three years in the Kentucky Air National Guard. She currently is working as a nurse. She has hope of continuing to write poems and short stories.


Mike Lythgoe grew up in Indiana, earned degrees from St. Louis University, The University of Notre Dame, and an MFA from Bennington College. He worked at the Smithsonian after completing 24 years of service as an Air Force Officer. He also directed an educational and research foundation. He is currently the president of the South Carolina Writers Association. He recently won prizes for poetry and photography from Kakalak.He has work forthcoming in The Petigru Review. He lives in Aiken, SC. He has 3 Pushcart nominations.


Celia Hooper Miles, a Jackson County native, lives, writes, edits and travels from Asheville. Her work is available in regional bookstores, on Amazon and Kindle; two novels, Mattie’s Girl and Sarranda, are on audible books. Her latest and first mystery is set around a grist mill: The Body at Wrapp' s Mill; expect another grist mystery this fall. With Nancy Dillingham, she had edited four western North Carolinian women’s anthologies. www.celiamiles.com


Beverly Ohler’s life has been focused on the theater, teaching, designing, producing festivals, creating art in one form or another. Growing up in the Northeast, her adult life has primarily been spent on the campus of Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC, where she is a member of the Theater Department. She has written five books, is published in many magazines and anthologies, and lives in Black Mountain.


Karen O’Leary is a writer and editor from West Fargo, ND. She has published poetry, short stories, and articles in a variety of venues including, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, Haiku Pix, Sharpening the Green Pencil 2014, Now This: Contemporary Poems of Beginnings, Renewals and Firsts, Creative Inspirations, and Poems of the World. She currently edits an online poetry journal called Whispers:



Martha O’Quinn, a North Carolina native, writes poetry and creative non-fiction reflecting her true southern heritage. Her work has appeared in a number of OMP anthologies as well as other regional publications, i.e. four anthologies edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham; western north carolina woman; Longest Hours; thoughts while waiting, a Silver Boomers anthology; and, A Long Story Short, an online e-zine. Martha and her husband live in Hendersonville, NC.


Mary Ricketson, inspired by nature, is published in Wild Goose Poetry, Future Cycle Press, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Lights in the Mountains, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, her books, I Hear the River Call My Name and Hanging Dog Creek, and a monthly column in The Cherokee Scout. She won first place in 2011 Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest 75th anniversary national poetry contest. She is a mental health Counselor and blueberry farmer.


Dwight Roth grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He taught elementary school in Eastern North Carolina before retiring after 29 years. Now he lives with his wife Ruth near Monroe, NC, and spends his time painting and writing. He self-published several books that are found on Amazon Kindle. He is also published in past OMP Anthologies. A book of poems called [Ebb and Flow] and a children’s book on Alzheimer’s are his latest creations.



Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler lives in Burlington. A former college president, she has published 5+ books and 72 articles, edited 22 books/proceedings and 3 national journals, and writes 2 newspaper columns. Her creative writing publications are 10 poetry chapbooks (another forthcoming) and 4 full-length collections, 125+ short stories, 4 novels, a novella, 1 fiction collection (2 forthcoming), and a nonfiction collection (forthcoming); she has written 41 plays. She was a Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet 2013-2015.


Sybil Austin Skakle has two poetry books and three memoirs published. Four are available: Searchings Rocks Revelations Rainbows; Confessions of an Outer Bank Filly; Valley of the Shadow a Journey Through Grief; and What Came Next Recently, she moved from her Chapel Hill home of 57 years to Carol Woods Retirement Community.


Newton Smith’s poetry has been an essential part of his life for more than fifty years. He has published widely in literary magazines beginning in the 1970’s, including Southern Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, Ann Arbor Review and others. His most recent poetry publications are in the Asheville Poetry Review, Rivendale, Main Street Rag, Pisgah Review, and Jonah. His upcoming book is Camino Poems, a poetic travelogue of his 500 mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. Newt lives in Tuckasegee, NC.


Michael Potts has a chapbook, From Field to Thicket, and a full-length poetry collection, Hiding from the Reaper. WordCrafts Press has published three of his novels: End of Summer, Unpardonable Sin, and Obedience. He lives with his wife, Karen, and their four cats in Coats, North Carolina


Barbara Tate is an award winning artist and writer of Native American descent. A member of the Haiku Society of America, United Haiku & Tanka Society and Gulf Coast Writers Assoc., her work has been published in Storyteller Magazine, Santa Fe Literary Review, Modern Haiku, The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, Cattails, Bear Creek Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online, Clark Street Review, Whispers and Back Street Review among others. Originally from Akron, Ohio she currently resides in Winchester, TN.


Elizabeth B. Watson’s nickname is Betty. She never was published until she used her full name with middle initial. Probably no connection, but fun to admit. She makes a habit of submitting to Old Mountain Press and other anthologies and is grateful to all who read her stories and poems. The Watsons live in Greenville, SC in a retirement community next door to Furman University and are thrilled their grandson from Minneapolis will be in the class of 2020.


Charles "Hawk" Weyant and his wife Johanna live in Fayetteville, NC ,where he has been a member of Writer’s Ink Guild for thirty years. His works have appeared in three dozen anthologies. His book An Odyssey In Broken Rhythms And Ragged Lines was nominated for a Pushcart Award. And a chap book I Took The Mike And Said is planned for later this year. He is retired military and a decorated, battle scarred, veteran of three tours in Vietnam.


Glenda S. Wilkins grew up on a North Carolina tobacco farm, and believed she'd never live beyond the county line. Decades later, she moved with her husband to Europe for a dozen years. Her poems have been published in Europe, Great Britain, & North America. Thus far, she appreciates several poetry awards. She lives on an air strip, Winterville, NC.


Barbara Ledford Wright, is a frequent contributor to OMP anthology series including Wish You Were Here. Others published: Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Express Yourself 101 Vol 2 For Your Eyes Only, Kaleidoscope, Fireflies and June Bugs, Yesterdays Magazette,Carolina Country, Field Mules and Buttermilk Cornbread. Co-authored, Five Brothers in the Civil War, with Brenda Kay Ledford., NC Civil War Museum, Pub., Fayetteville, NC. Barbara lives in Shelby, NC.


Joseph Youngblood lives in Fayetteville, NC, with his family. He works as a counselor with service members and their families on Ft. Bragg, NC. He has contributed to several previous anthologies.



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