AH, MEN (new and selected poems)
from Aldrich Press, 2016
Dedicated to a sampler of men and men-in-training who broadened my life and to one I remember fondly who said, “…and we did ourselves some good.”
Stallion #2, oil painting by Edwin Santiago
At the Alchemist & Barrister
It could have been decades earlier, closer to
the marches and water hoses. We’d entered the pub
of a popular restaurant, our reflections caught
in the mirror above the bar. White male heads
snapped in our direction. In the split second it would
take a strobe to fracture motion, a blue charge tore
through the room. I felt your body tense. Ready.
You stepped closer, put your hand on my shoulder.
Talk stopped. Only smoke curls and the running
mouth of a TV announcer. Let’s leave, I said,
but I knew you’d never back down.
Then, by some silent cue, the drinkers’ hustle
started up again. The hostess asked if we wanted
to be seated in the pub or the main dining room.
Here, I said, staring down a beefy blond guy
who didn’t avert his eyes, piquing him to imagine
a white woman and a fine, dark-skinned man
as lovers, while the basketball game splashed across
the screen. Later, a raucous cheer as if
every male wished he’d been the black man
who’d sunk that long three-pointer at the buzzer.
Available at Amazon.com (includes selected poems)
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Copyright©2016 Nancy Scott, ISBN 13:978-0692671375,
Aldrich Press, 2016, www.kelsaybooks.com
- Review by Grace Cavalieri at Washington Independent Review of Books
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 Diane Donovan at. Midwest Book Review, 214: Running Down Broken Cement.
- Review by Michael Northen at Wordgathering, a journal of arts and disability, 2015.
- Autographed copies discounted at $12, plus $2.00 postage, available at email@example.com. Also from publisher, Main Street Rag which includes sample poems.
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 Verse Daily
Copyright©2014 Nancy Scott, ISBN 978-1-59948-488-4,Main Street Rag, P.O. Box 6901000, Charlotte, North Carolina 28227, www.mainstreerag.com