About the Cover Artist
Stephen White specializes in figurative paintings done on wood in gold leaf and transparent oil glazes. His work is available through the Little Art Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Village Smith Gallery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Terri Kirby Erickson lives on a quiet cul-de-sac in North Carolina with her husband, Leonard, in a little book- and art-filled ranch house surrounded by songbirds, chipmunks, squirrels, at least one groundhog, and the occasional deer. She is the author of four collections of poetry, including In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011), which won a Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry, a Gold Medal for Poetry in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was a Finalist for Poetry in the International Book Awards. Her collection Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009) was #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Seller List in 2010.
Her work has appeared in the 2013 Poet’s Market, Ted Kooser’s "American Life in Poetry," The Christian Science Monitor, Verse Daily, JAMA, North Carolina Literary Review, Pirene’s Fountain, storySouth, and many others.
She was chosen as the 2013 Leidig Keynote Poet for Emory & Henry College in Virginia, and her poetry has won numerous awards and accolades, most recently the Grand Prize in the Carolina Woman Writing Contest and the Poetry for Their Freedom award. Since she loves to travel, Terri can often be found roaming the streets of cities both large and small, anywhere from Bloomington, Indiana, to Västerås, Sweden—watching, listening, and remembering—then back home again to write. She is all too aware that squadrons of squirrels eat her birdseed until they roll off the feeders (bellies bulging), and thus, depend on her book sales for sustenance.
Telling Tales of Dusk
Poetry by Terri Kirby Erickson
8.5 x 5.5 paperback
Praise for Telling Tales of Dusk
“In her poems, Terri Kirby Erickson sketches vivid and appealing word pictures that lodge in the reader's mind. I rarely see the wildflower Queen Anne's lace in a field without remembering how she contrasts the plant's delicate beauty with its common surroundings. It "dandies up a ditch," she concludes. So true—and thinking about it that way makes me smile.”
— Judy Lowe, The Christian Science Monitor
“Whether writing about butter mints, the daisy chain of a group of daughters locked arm in arm, or a man burying his dead wife, Terri Kirby Erickson's poems have the characteristics we all strive for in our poetry. These lyrical narratives are sensuous, tender, evocative, and familiar, bringing to life things we've all noticed but lacked the wisdom to put into words.”
— Scott Owens, editor of The Wild Goose Poetry Review
"More than a poet, Terri Kirby Erickson is the best friend you always wanted, the kind you can count on both to tell you the truth, and to help you bear it. Her poems shimmer like moonlight on water in the farthest corners of your soul."
— Sharon Randall, syndicated columnist and author of Birdbaths and Paper Cranes
“Terri Kirby Erickson's In the Palms of Angels invites us to enter the world of everyday life made numinous by the poet's voice. "Heaven," for example, becomes a real place with white curtains billowing, the cry of gulls, the sizzle of bacon, a place where one wakes up among the things and people one has loved. Her poems become metaphorical palms in which angelic encounters are cradled.”
— Kathryn Stripling Byer, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina and author of Wildwood Flower and Coming to Rest
“There is no store-bought redemption pasted to the ends of these poems, but neither will you find hopelessness, self-pity, a turning away from the world. What you will find at the core of all these poems is the timeless North Carolinian’s beneficent but ungilded witnessing.”
— Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, co-author of True Compass and Flags of Our Fathers
Praise for In the Palms of Angels
In the Palms of Angels
by Terri Kirby Erickson
8.5 x5.5 paperback
Press 53 . PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314
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Nautilus Book Awards
Next Generation Book Awards Gold Medal
A Lake of Light and Clouds
by Terri Kirby Erickson
9 x 6 paperback
Praise for A Lake of Light and Clouds
“Terri Kirby Erickson writes poetry about the real stuff, engagingly, with sympathy and an open eye."
— Peter Tork, of blues band Shoe Suede Blues, and former member of The Monkees
"Nothing could seem more natural than enjoying Terri Kirby Erickson’s poetry, so colloquial, so every day in its subjects, and yet so penetrating. Her poems are the kind we share with special friends, and this new volume is so full of gems I’ll have plenty of gifts to go around for years to come."
— Theodore Wiprud, composer and Director of Education, New York Philharmonic
"A Lake of Light and Clouds reaffirms that Terri Kirby Erickson has a Poet's Soul and it makes us see everyday things with new eyes and gratitude that beauty is not the exception but the rule of Life."
— Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen, author of Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (The Crappy Parts of) Life
"Terri Kirby Erickson, to adapt a phrase from the epigraph by Sharon Randall in A Lake of Light and Clouds, reflects the light she has been given. A skillful poet with a compassionate heart, she is not stingy with this light. She shines it on people she sees, people like Frank and Alice or "The Man Who Cuts His Grass with Nail Scissors"; gifts from the natural world, including birds and orchids; places as varied as a Waffle House and Västerås, Sweden; material objects, including red tractors and ice cream trucks; and experiences with urologists, hospitals, and family members or friends. T.S. Eliot would call what she does mastering the objective correlative. I call it incarnating light. As Erickson shares images and experiences in her richly textured poems, she invites her readers into her own psyche, a place where we are all likely to feel accepted and warm."
—Felicia Mitchell, author of The Cleft of the Rock
“Coupling the candor and aplomb of Olds with the more profound and lyrical of Lux, Terri Kirby Erickson proves an exciting new voice in American poetry. Her subject matter spans the width between a lone Ferris wheel at a county fair, where ‘Coal dust fine and black as pulverized midnight,/covers everything for miles,’ to the vagaries of aging in the face of youth, when the speaker used to jump ‘out of bed, sleek as an otter,/sliding down the day.’ Erickson’s verse is filled with spot-on similes and metaphors, dotting its distinct and lucid structure with apt and artful alliteration, telegraphing image upon finer image to the nexus of who we are.”
— Jubal Tiner, editor of Pisgah Review and author of The Waterhouse
Just before you reach the Triple B Country
Sausage sign, there’s an old red tractor
hunkering down beside the road.
You can hear the heavy sighs as it nestles
into the leaves, loosening its belt
and letting its chassis hang low. Blink
and you’ll miss it twitch like a sleeping dog—
the rise and fall of its rust-covered ribs
when it rolls at last, into a dream of wheat.