Review of Running Down Broken Cement by Grace Cavalieri in Washington Independent Review of Books
Interview with NANCY SCOTT posted at Schuylkill Valley Journal
THE OWL PRINCE, a collection of re-imagined fairy tales. Revisit The Three Little Pigs, Chicken Licken, Snow White, The Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Baba Yaga, and many more for a joyous romp for adults through storyland.
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Lord Rauschebart was not a handsome man:
bulbous nose, eyes set wide, thick brows, black
untamed beard that covered his chest like a bib,
but his hands were something else.
No one in the village could remember when
he wasn’t wearing finely-tooled leather gloves,
except for a woman, thought to be mad, who claimed
with her own eyes she’d seen his bare hands.
Soft and smooth like a baby they were. Each long
finger had a shiny nail painted the color of red wine.
You have dreamt this, the villagers said.
No, she said, I have felt them, too.
Others wanted to see a scar no matter how faint,
swelled joint, some flaw, to convince them
the stories they’d heard were true—
his hands had butchered five wives.
As villagers watched Lord Rauschebart gallop across
the fallows astride his black stallion, Bayard,
his retinue in tow, gossip scuttled back and forth—
He had his wives quartered, said the baker.
No, he did the deed himself, said the schoolmarm.
Four, not five, because one still lives, said the blacksmith.
And so it went, and we may never know the truth of it,
except that several wives have disappeared.
Copyright@2015 Nancy Scott, ISBN: 978-0692417195, Aldrich Press, www.kelsaybooks.com
The book is a collection of narrative and lyrical poems inspired by my career, spanning several decades, as a social worker for the State of New Jersey, when I responded to allegations of child abuse and assisted homeless families to find permanent housing in the community, and also by my experiences as a foster parent.
Review by Donna Donovan, Midwest Book Review, 2014: Running Down Broken Cement. Go to Links page for review by Michael Northen at Wordgathering, a journal of disability poetry and literature, December, 2014.
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Kelley Jean White, MD, has said this about the book: Nancy Scott is truly a voice crying in the wilderness, the American wilderness of broken cement and breaking lives. She has earned her voice by years of work among the poorest of our poor, with those struggling on the edges of our broken systems of health, education, and welfare. She has listened carefully and now bears witness to the sufferings and triumphs of…those neighbors we have turned our backs on…. You may need to read this book slowly, a few poems at a time, but you need to read it.
The Ship Builder
Perhaps by a quirk of hormonal imbalance
or a reckless moment of indecision,
she’s neither a man nor a woman.
In our Victoria’s Secret world
she’s a nightmare—heavy brow,
ample breasts, and paw-like hands.
With these hands, she builds ship models
with popsicle sticks, tying
intricate knots, fully-rigged sails.
She explains it takes months to finish
a ship, paint and lacquer it, making sure
all the riggings are exactly right.
Suddenly her fingers are nimble and lithe.
It isn’t a man or woman I see
but the mainsail taut in a steady wind.
Copyright©2014 Nancy Scott, ISBN 978-1-59948-488-4,Main Street Rag, P.O. Box 6901000, Charlotte, North Carolina 28227, www.mainstreerag.com