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A Lake of Light and Clouds by Terri Kirby Erickson

Press 53
$14.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-941209-02-8
April, 2014
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"Nothing could be more natural than enjoying Terri Kirby Erickson's poetry, so colloquial, so everyday 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 Vice President, Education, New York Philharmonic

"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

"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

"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 and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love and Fat is the New 30

Terri Kirby Erickson is the author of four collections of poetry, including In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011), winner of three international awards, and her newest collection, A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53, 2014). Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009) was #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Sellers List in 2010. Her work has appeared in the 2013 Poet's Market, former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry (a poem from A Lake of Light and Clouds has just been selected to feature in this column in 2015, which makes two poems he has chosen to highlight), North Carolina Literary Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Muse India, The Christian Science Monitor, JAMA, Verse Daily, storySouth, and many others, and has won numerous honors and awards. She was awarded the 2013 Leidig Lectureship at Emory and Henry College, and has taught poetry for the continuing education program at Salem College as well as workshops at Brevard College, Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania, and various public schools, libraries, and other venues. She lives in Lewisville, North Carolina, with her husband of many years, surrounded by a wide assortment of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and a family of extremely shy groundhogs. Visit her website at for more information about her work!

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