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DAYSTAR by BETTY SPENCE; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Daystar is a 40-day devotional book. Each day's devotion consists of reflections, prayers and poems.
Mississippi Delta Women In Prism by Claire T. Feild; Poetry; Perfect Bound

In her debut collection, Claire T. Feild offers narrative poems about women living in the Mississippi Delta iin the 1950s and the early 1960s. Many of the poems speak of proprieties revered by these women during a time of placidity that eventually sparked radical change. A darker meaning pervades these poems, for black-white relationships are explored by a writer whose formative years were spent collecting images from the kudzu-covered hills along Highway 49, the sultry cotton fields of the Yazoo Delta, and locales such as Henick's Auto Supply and Goose Egg Park.
Blood Must Bear Your Name by Sue Walker; Poetry; Hard Cover

A book about the lasting effects of blood ties.
The Appearance Of Green by Sue Walker; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Poems about poets and writers and about family.
Discovering Pigs by Catherine Moran; Poetry; Perfect Bound

This collection of poems views people, places and pigs as a part ofthe poet's insight into coping with the world that we must address.
What The Moon Knows by Sue Scalf; Poetry; Perfect Bound

This collection is undoubtedly her most mature work and the most unified in theme. The theme is, simply put, loss and survival. And as a leitmotif underlying the poems, there runs the subtle thread of affirmation.
The Earth Still Turns by Barbara Blanks & Brown Bag Poets; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Brown Bag Poets is a critique group of six award-winning and published women. The Earth Still Turns is their eclectic collection of the joys, doubts, mysteries, humor & grief we all encounter in life--and is about the courage and strength that help us survive.
Jesus Walks the Southland by Robert Gray; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Jesus Walks the Southland explores the complexities of the American South amid the contradictions of religion, racism and politics. Peggy McIntosh calls it "Ginsberg without the Howl" and "a protest that serves justice better in our times." Patti White says it is is "limned with light, richly allusive and politically engaged." Trish Harris says it is "a necessary collection of poems."
Pinned-on Wings by Betty Spence; Poetry; Perfect Bound

OUT OF PRINT. Collection of 72 poems written in various forms. Three chapters, Flights of Feeling, Flights of Fancy, and Flights of Faith reflect the poet's devotion to art, message, and faith. "Pinned-on Wings" was runner-up in the ASPS 2004 Book of the Year award.
Travel for Agoraphobics by Allen Berry; Poetry; Perfect Bound

My first collection of poetry, based on my creative dissertation from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Searching for Ambergris by Kathleen Thompson; Poetry; Staple Stitched

Searching for Ambergris gains its title from a substance secreted by a sperm whale and used as a fixative for perfume, and was very well known in the whaling communities of the 18 C. The cover art is a detail from an engraving by Carolyn Watson. The thread which stitches these poems together is the often ambivalent quest for the perfume of life with its accompanying joys and pains.
That Other Brightness by Virginia Gilbert; Poetry; Perfect Bound

"The voice can leap from that of clear anecdotal that of a power-charged dream vision....Repeatedly, in ways that remind me of...Emily Dickinson and Lorine Niedecker, an integrity of highly personalized expression is preserved....At its best, this happens in the service of a complex understanding and in the service of a conscienceful witnessing." ---Albert Goldbarth
Greatest Hits 1970-2003 by Virginia Gilbert; Poetry; Staple Stitched

"The poets in this series write about their lives as poets with much diversity---some focusing on how the whole life affects their their work. Others focus on their education, teaching, and presentations. The poets have been asked to write about the lives of the poems as well. From academic poets to community and street poets, the Greatest Hits series provides their top 12 numbers from a broad range of venues and publishing histories. This invitational celebrates poetry's place in our culture and honors the artists whose lines elevate America's poetic sensibilities." ---from the back cover
DREW: Poems from Blue Water by Robert Gray; Poetry; Perfect Bound

A haunting re-collection of the unimaginable. The poet/philosopher remembers an older brother, dead at 24, in this book-length poem. Told in the characteristic flat tone of grief and its truths, Gray’s personal epic moves us to acceptance, towards a life well-told. —Lorna Dee Cervantes, author of Emplumada; From the Cables of Genocide: Poems On Love and Hunger; and DRIVE: The First Quartet
SUBIC: A Sailor's Memoir by Barbara Perkins Brown; Nonfiction; Perfect Bound

Growing up in the South, Bobby Earl Perkins, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, knew firsthand the abrasive issues of segregation and racial tension; as a way to escape, he joined the military only to find himself in the middle of it again as a 23 year old, an E-4, and a ship's cook many oceans away. This is Perkins's untold testimony on the plight of African American sailors during the late 1960s while stationed on the shore of Subic Bay Naval Base, a U.S. military installation situated in the Philippines. Although serving on foreign soil, Perkins and fellow black servicemen suffered the same intolerance there--from getting demoted in rank to facing criminal charges-- all because of their skin color. A Sailor's Memoir reads like a diary format covering almost two years of Perkins's duty tour while taking the reader on a heartfelt journey. The subject gives a panoramic glimpse into the happenings around the naval base. For example, Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968 spurred racial outbreak and riots inside Subic Bay. This piece of history is shrouded in the story of Subic since it mirrors the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. This little-known but historically relevant testimony is a story that is not so ordinary; however, its significance is not alien to many.
I Wish That I Were Langston Hughes by Robert Gray; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Featuring over 30 poems, Robert Gray explores the essence of the poets who have shaped his art. This book is recommended by some of Alabama’s favorite poets, including Irene Latham, Joel Brouwer, Louie Skipper, and Willie James King.
I've Heard Verse: awfully good poetry by Barbara Blanks; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Poetry is not a curse word. Poems can be full of pun and nonsense--and I’VE HEARD VERSE is certainly full of something. Barb’s word play is strangely amusing, slightly twisted, and simply fun. Suitable for ages twelve and up, these light-hearted and delightful poems may make you see the light--that is, if you think you don’t like or understand poetry, this book will either change your attitude or … Poof! Barb will change you to a pigeon. (see page 29 ) Contact Barb at
Out of the Wreckage: The Pop Stories by Barbara Blanks; Nonfiction; Perfect Bound

Age happens--then everything else hits the fan. When my father-in-law's life changes overnight, mine does, too. These mostly light-hearted stories offer encouragement to others in a similar situation--past, present or future. See Pop romance the Little Debbie brownies, battle against bathing, and enjoy being the "only rooster in the henhouse." Meet the Old Lady Gang at Mayberry, and Bossy Barb, the elf Santa doesn't talk about. Pop's stories also candidly describe how he adjusts to communal living, handles his increasing infirmity and his approaching death from pancreatic cancer. We're all riding the same train, so join us on our simple adventures as we haul ourselves out of the wreckage.
What It Means To Climb A Tree by Carey Link; Poetry; Staple Stitched

What It Means To Climb A Tree is a chapbook sequence of tree climbing poems.
Giant Steps by Barbara Blanks and Mary Winklebleck; Fiction; Perfect Bound

Barbara Compton’s twelfth summer is supposed to be the best ever—and then her world humpty-dumpties when her parents die. Not only must she deal with her older sister (aka Old Grim and Gruesome) as her guardian, but she’s threatened with the additional losses of her home, old friends, and her dog. Barbara resists all attempts that would force her to take giant steps into her future. How can she hang on to what’s left of the only world she’s ever known? Set in the 50s, life might seem simpler then, but death is never easy. Even so,humor still finds its way into the sisters' lives.

Betty Spence’s Traces of Presence will take you to another place, or better yet, more deeply into the place you truly are. Blending simple stories and southern scenes with scripture and her own special wisdom, Spence shows us that beauty wrought in the open or in secret, in darkness or in light, is beauty whose presence must be experienced, even if it is yet to be seen. –Robert Gray, author of Jesus Walks the Southland.
I Am Black America by Ramona Hyman ; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Ramona L. Hyman's I Am Black America answers the question of "who I am" for all Black Americans. It is a rite of passage for all, no matter the "race." Hyman's poetic testimony to America is an honest and beautiful poetic tribute.
Flesh of the Sun: Life Above the Ground by Barbara Blanks; Poetry; Perfect Bound

This collection of prize-winning poems by Barbara Blanks carries the reader through the range of human experiences. Perhaps a normal, sensible sequence would begin with Dawn, and end with Dusk or Eclipse, but she chooses to start with light and a kiss from the gods, move through the dark eclipse that sears like dragon’s breath, then feel a joyous pulse at the pinnacle of light—and have some fun along the way. Her feet might be “wet from not quite leaping over puddles” but Barb is still willing to “pull the husk away from heaven, and bite into the flesh of the sun.”
Whisper: Word to the Wise by Dr. Sharon Malone Waddle; Poetry; Perfect Bound

Contents of this book entail poetic messages that are inspirational, insightful and generates life changing goals, boldness and determination. The voice of wisdom resonates in each poetic expression.
Simply Sovereign: Birthing Out the Promise by Dr. Sharon Malone Waddle; Poetry; Perfect Bound

This inspirational Christian book is a memento to good times in family living. It is theme around survival in the storms of life and experiencing the victories through faith in Christ during health, bereavements and recovery. It speaks of family gatherings and the memories of lifetime relationships.

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