Shelf Life by Valerie J. Macon 43 pages perfect bound $10.00 Plus $2.00 P&H. To order send check or money order to: 
Valerie J. Macon 
1207 Cheraw Court
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
Email the author.

Poems from this selection nominated for the 2011 
Pushcart Prize

For more information on Valerie’s poetry, visit her web site

About the Book
About the Author

About the book

What does Shakespeare’s King Lear have to do with a 20th Century young man hired to hold a sign on a street corner at the edge of town?  Crying out from the pages of this book, they, and the other characters who populate this work, offer themselves to the reader unmasked; and in doing so, they speak to familiar places in our hearts.  Through faithful observation, the author invites us to look at the joy and sorrow that bookends the gift of life. 

Sample of the work:

Vegetarian Meat Lover

Clicking into Vinny’s Pizza
in Jimmy Choo platform pumps,
a woman, six feet tall 
and straight as a sunflower, 
in high-waisted jeggings
and gold cropped tee.
Her boyfriend, 
a weed sprout beside her,
ambles in Old Navy flip-flops.

She holds her yellow head high
like a flower tilted towards sun, 
scans the chalked daily specials,
tapping Black Truffle acrylics
in the rhythm of a gentle spring rain.

She orders vegetarian pizza.
The boyfriend, arms coiled around her,
orders the meat lover's special.

About the Author

Valerie Macon lives in Fuquay Varina, NC and is a graduate of Meredith College. She traces her love of poetry back to a grade school teacher who stressed memorization.  She has received awards for her poetry from the N.C. Poetry Society, and The Writers' Ink Guild.  Her poems appear in various online magazines and recently in “The Best of 3rd Thursday Fuquay Varina Reading Series”. 

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