Linda Annas Ferguson is the author of five collections of poetry, including Bird Missing from One Shoulder (WordTech Editions, 2007); Stepping on Cracks in the Sidewalk (Finishing Line Press, 2006); Last Chance to Be Lost (Kentucky Writers’ Coalition, 2004); and It’s Hard to Hate a Broken Thing (Palanquin Press, University of S.C. Aiken, 2002). She was the 2005 Poetry Fellow for the South Carolina Arts Commission and served as the 2003-04 Poet-in-Residence for the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C. A recipient of the Poetry Fellowship of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, she is a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors. She was a featured poet for the Library of Congress Poetry at Noon Series. Her work is archived by Furman University Special Collections in the James B. Duke Library. A North Carolina native, she now resides in Charleston, SC.
Linda Annas Ferguson knows—to borrow Wallace Stevens’ formulation—that “Death is the mother of beauty.” She proclaims in one of her poems, “Everything / is drenched with endings, alive with dying.” Her work exists at the shimmering mid-point between an urge to celebrate the world’s beauty and a pained recognition that this beauty is mutable. She recognizes that our being only temporary inhabitants of this life is not a problem to solve but a mystery to feel—and a mystery that compels us to make poems. As she wryly puts it, she is “dying to write / a decent poem.” Linda Annas Ferguson has done more than that. She has given us a book of tender, clear-eyed, complex meditations, a lovely book by a poet whose vision we can trust.
— Chris Forhan, author of Black Leapt In
Dirt Sandwich is about love, loss, and, above all, vanishment—“an oyster, still silky and iridescent,” “the ocean, never deep enough.” For me, the book has three touchstones—the title poem, in which a woman whose husband is dying takes the earth he will become into her own body, “Midsummer’s Eve” in which we see friends between two worlds galloping through the dark woods outside a bonfire’s circle, and the last poem in the book that ends “You whisper/‘stay,’ to the small of my palm, my cheek/to all I thought was without need.” Three touchstones are more than the law allows, but Linda Annas Ferguson has achieved them and with her permission I’ll be carrying them, warm in my pocket, on my own journey.
— Lola Haskins, author of Solutions Beginning with A
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Bee Brady is a photographer from London whose emotional self-portraits and landscapes document her exploration of the places around her new countryside home. This record of a city girl in a dark rural idyll is the theme of her first solo exhibition and book. Bee's photography has appeared in two books of female self-portraiture and her work has been used in advertising campaigns across the world.