Hats Off! to Valerie Nieman whose new collection of poems, Leopard Lady: A Life In Verse (Press 53), was reviewed in the Washington Independent Review of Books. "Traveling showfolk, river towns, Siamese twins, the rubber man—and there’s a professor that tell stories reverberating through the Leopard Lady’s contemplations and ruminations. Some parables are funny, some sad, all are profound in Lady’s innocence and discoveries. The Leopard Lady is the product of a powerful writer who knows what she wants and sets the Lady out to find it. Nieman, with vivid language, writes what Leopard Lady believes—including Bible teachings, dramatized and characterized through a fictional mind that suddenly becomes wholly real to us. This is about the stages of life for one whose perseverance is to seek pieces of the puzzle and even a piece of love. The poems are images of truth with stunning versatility."