Waiting for the Wood Thrush by Ashley Memory
Finishing Line Press
Available from the publisher
"Memory’s poems are fully human, and therefore fully real; they are moral poems, in that they lift the reader to a higher level of appreciation for the human world and the world of nature.”
—Joyce S. Brown, author of the poetry collection Vital Signs (Orchard Street Press) and former instructor, Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars
"Ashley Memory’s poems take matters of the soul and make them breathable. She does what a poet must—she takes what hurts in life and makes us laugh, sigh, think, then turn the page. The hurting, of course, doesn’t go away, but Waiting for the Wood Thrush reminds us of the whole brilliant spectrum of emotion that poetry brings us.”
—Matt Swain, co-founder and poetry editor of Turnpike Magazine
“Ashley Memory’s first collection of poetry is witty, wise, overflowing with life and color, grace, and the goodness in our lives. You go from the natural world, to how to see a ghost to an antiques fair to sin town. What joy! What word pleasure! Read and remember, then read again.”
—Ruth Moose, Pushcart Prize-winning author of two novels, four collections of short stories, and six collections of poetry, including Tea and The Librarian.
A native of Randolph County, Ashley Memory’s poetry and prose have appeared in many publications, including O. Henry, Naugatuck River Review, Pinesong, Gyroscope Review, The Thomas Wolfe Review, CAIRN, Romantic Homes, Wildlife in North Carolina, and The News & Observer in Raleigh. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and she has won the Doris Betts Fiction Prize sponsored by the N.C. Writers’ Network twice.