Detours & Diversions, my new chapbook from Main Street Rag Publishing Company, now available.
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It was about the All-American cake
with red, white, and blue icing
when we arrived in the waiting room
at eight a.m. One hundred of us
stared at it after the judge
in black robe and bottle-blonde hair
tried to convince us of the virtues
of civic responsibility.
As the day wore on, no laptop,
newscast, or magazine could stop us
from strolling past that cake
and taking its measure.
By four p.m. only six jurors
had been selected, the rest of us
relieved that we wouldn’t be
called back for another five years.
Why the court officer needed
to explain that taxpayers’ money
hadn’t paid for the cake
isn’t clear. Nobody cared.
We wanted the day to matter
so we gobbled up every stale crumb
and licked plastic forks clean
before we went home.
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A Siege of Raptors, Nancy's new chapbook from Finishing Line Press, is now available!
Autographed copies can be ordered directly from Nancy for $12.00, plus $2.00 postage. Contact Nancy at
One Stands Guard, One Sleeps
from Plain View Press!
Nancy Scott is clearly one of those gifted with a lyrical mind's eye. "One Stands Guard, One Sleeps" is an impressive compendium of free verse that draws as its source material the poet's family members, social service clients, businessmen, and herself.
--Midwest Book Review, September 2009
POET OF THE DISENFRANCHISED: Nancy Scott’s first book of poems demonstrates an empathy for the hurt and the neglected that is expressed in a tone that is stoical with a dash of wry humor, and not the least hint of world-weariness… Ms. Scott has unique ways of looking at people and social situations. Her work is full of surprises.
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It’s rained for hours.
An unmistakable smell of decay
rises from dead leaves piled at the curb.
My grandsons are wrestling
on the living room floor.
Perhaps the one who’s pinned
hopes I’ll intervene.
Soon they’ll climb into their bunk beds
and trade insults until they drop off to sleep.
I’m watching the nightly news:
in Trenton, a young girl waiting
to cross the street has been killed
by a stray bullet. A man hugs
the distraught mother.
Outside our window, the trees, stripped
of leaves, stand like barbed sentries.
No moon, just an icy glaze forming
on wet pavement.
| Autographed copies can be ordered for $12.00, plus $2.00 postage. Contact Nancy at