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.
North Carolina native Terri Kirby Erickson is the award-winning author of three collections of poetry, including Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009), which reached #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Seller List, and In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011), winner of a Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry and the Gold Medal for Poetry in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her work has appeared in former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry column, 2013 Poet's Market, The Christian Science Monitor, North Carolina Literary Review, Boston Literary Magazine, JAMA, Hektoen International, storySouth, Verse Daily, and many others, and has won awards in a variety of international poetry competitions. She has taught poetry for the continuing education department of Salem College, volunteered at the Derrick L. Davis Forsyth Regional Cancer Center using poetry as a healing tool, and continues to speak about and/or read poetry to students and groups of adults in schools, professional and social organizations, churches, bookstores, and other settings. She was recently honored by being named the 2013 Leidig Keynote Poet for Emory & Henry College in Virginia, following in the footsteps of such nationally renowned poets as Ted Kooser, Fred Chappell, Mark Doty, and others. For more information about her work, please visit her website at: http://terrikirbyerickson.wordpress.com You may also contact her directly at email@example.com.
Telling Tales of Dusk
Poetry by Terri Kirby Erickson
8.5 x 5.5 paperback, 100 pages
Praise for Terri Kirby Erickson and 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
“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
"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, 120 pages
“Wedding Days,” First Place in the “Love” Category of The Writers’ Ink Guild Fields of Earth poetry contest, 2010
“Topsail Island,” Second Place, Poetry Council of North Carolina, James Larkin Pearson Contest for Free Verse, 2009
“At the Drive-In,” Third Place, North Carolina Poetry Society Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award, 2010
“Shrimp Boat Captain,” First Place, Poetry, Carteret Writers 19th Annual Writing Contest
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Limited Edition Hardcover!
Nautilus Book Awards
Next Generation Book Awards Gold Medal
A Lake of Light and Clouds
by Terri Kirby Erickson
9 x 6 paperback, 122 pages