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Crepe Roses by Brenda Kay Ledford

Kelsay Books
$14, paperback
ISBN: 978-0692292211
October, 2014
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"Crepe Roses, by Brenda Kay Ledford, is tithed to the deep mountains of the poet's beloved western North Carolina. This stirring collection is the plat of the heart, a litany of memory that becomes as palpable as the land itself. Indeed memory, along with the Adamic impulse to name every signpost—to list those names in sorrow and triumph, to wander among them, crying out, as if they are lost, though they remain underfoot—is this book's constant, thrumming trope. As the speaker attests in the poem, 'Ceaseless Verse,' 'The poetry of earth never ceases.' Nor does the reader's pleasure with these elegant poems."
—Joseph Bathanti, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina

"Crepe Roses is a patchwork quilt of experiences and memories pieced together with the skillful words of an established poet. The multi-hued fragments give a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains where 'moments tick like hours on the wrap-around porch.' The ancient Appalachians come alive in her poems as a 'breeze ricochets across the porch resurrecting buried dreams.' A dedicated writer, her remembrances bring much to us all. Settle down and visit Chunky Gal Mountain, Winding Stairs Gap, and Cherry Mountain where a Full Wolf Moon spills honey. A delightful read!"
—C. Pleasants York, President, North Carolina Poetry Society

Crepe Roses by Brenda Kay Ledford is a delightful poetry book by an author who knows the Southern Appalachian Mountains. She has preserved the rich heritage of a hardworking people through her imagery and insight to their way of life. Ledford brings us to the top of Shewbird Mountain describing the changing seasons of her native land. The Blue Ridge Mountains come alive through verse that makes the ordinary sacramental.

Brenda Kay Ledford is a native of Clay County, North Carolina, and a retired educator. She received her Master of Arts in Education from Western Carolina University. She's former editor of Tri-County Communicator at Tri-County Community College.

Ledford belongs to the North Carolina Writers' Network, North Carolina Poetry Society, and Georgia Poetry Society. She's listed with A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, and in The North Carolina Literary Map.

Her work has appeared in many journals including Lyricist, The Broad River Review, Pembroke Magazine, Asheville Poetry Review, Our State, and many anthologies.

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