Daddy Said by Teresa Blackmon
Finishing Line Press
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“Teresa Blackmon’s poems come out of her poet’s heart. Daddy Said brims out of her family and her hometown, spilling nostalgia and memory into a poetry of accuracy and authenticity. Daddy Said is a gem, a rare combination of lyrics and love.”
—Shelby Stephenson, poet laureate of North Carolina from 2015-2018
“In her debut collection, Teresa Blackmon curates a Carolina compendium of immense depth and detail. In 'Uncles' she honors her kin lyrically and profoundly: 'We grow older and see ourselves/turning into them like leaves change in their time…' I found her poem 'Last Request' highly imaginative and intriguing in its moving portrayal of a parent’s death."
—Jon Obermeyer, author of more than twenty book, essays, memoirs, and collections of poetry
“Teresa Blackmon’s southern voice infuses her poetry with the tang of bar-b-q and the saltiness of a Carolina beach. Her narrative ranges from childhood innocence to the questions an adult asks upon the death of a parent whose love might have been tough to determine.”
—Dawn Reno Langley, author of The Mourning Parade
Teresa McLamb Blackmon is from eastern North Carolina and has an MA in English from North Carolina State University and an MLS from North Carolina Central University. She is a retired high school English teacher and publications adviser. She and two miniature donkeys, one goat, and two puppies live on the family farm.