Thursday, August 23, 2007

Terri Kirby Erickson

A few weeks ago I received a comment on a Friday Flowers post from North Carolina poet, Terri Erickson. She referred me to a poem of hers titled 'Queen Anne's Lace', published recently in the Christian Science Monitor. I copied the poem in the comments section of the post and later looked her up on the internet. When I realized that she had published a volume of poems, I contacted her for permission to use her poetry on this blog. I ordered her book Thread Count, a collection of 102 poems, which arrived today. I have been reading it while sipping my afternoon tea and enjoy her style very much. She has kindly given me permission to share a few of her poems as I have purchased her book. Here is a sample of one of them.


There was a sparrow
on my porch rail
this morning whose song
vibrated her throat
and shook

her feathers in all
their muted
shades of brown and gray,
as if the energy expended by

this frail body propelled
the earth in its daily spin. She
sang for seconds only, opening
her beak wide enough

to swallow the
sky. Then she flew away, as if
she had done at last, the thing she
had been made for



  1. That's a nice poem. I hope you'll share more.

  2. That is a wonderful poem and one I have never heard before! Thanks for sharing with everyone!

  3. How lovely. We've seen birds sing and felt the beauty, but to put it into this context - these words - so moving. Thanks for directing our attention to her poetry.

  4. And she's a fellow North Carolinian! Wow. I like her words. Thanks for the tip, Ruth. Nice post!

  5. Hi Ruth and others! Just a note to let you know that my second book of poetry is coming out in September, 2009. It is called Telling Tales of Dusk, and is available for pre-order at "Queen Anne's Lace," which was published by The Christian Science Monitor, is included in this collection, as well as many other poems I hope you will enjoy. I still love your blog! Take care, Terri Kirby Erickson


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