Girl Flying Kite: Poems (Paperback)

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Girl Flying Kite: Poems (Paperback)


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The absolutely stunning poetry collection Girl Flying Kite: Poems consists of forty-two poems written by an award-winning writer.Nancy Louise Lewis features poems that came from a childhood spent in Appalachia and her other life experiences. She deals with sexual abuse, questions pre-conceived ideas about the world around us, and experiments with language in her works.

She says, "Many of the poems have won awards, and I wanted to collect the best of my work into one volume. More to come."

The first poem in the collection, and the title of her book, Girl Flying Kite, describes the moment a nuclear bomb exploded over Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II.

Her poem begins:

We have to imagine

she had flaws, the girl

whose shade is blasted forever

into Nagasaki stone. She was doubtless

less beautiful than the outline


It ends:

Seen from far above the earth, the mushroom

cloud containing the molecules

of the girl must have looked

like a giant knob opening

the door to a roomful of human horrors,

lives no more than scraps of paper

to be wadded up and tossed

into a corner trash basket.

Her words are poignant, powerful, and most importantly, unforgettable.

About the Author: Now retired, award-winning newspaper journalist and college professor Nancy Louise Lewis was born near Appalachia and now lives in Connecticut. She is CEO of her nonprofit, Legalities, Inc., which helps deserving litigants afford an attorney to access the court system. This is her second book. Her first was a memoir titled Daisies Don't Lie: Misadventures in Journalism: The Making of a Feminist.

Product Details ISBN: 9781946539632
ISBN-10: 1946539635
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Publication Date: September 25th, 2017
Pages: 112
Language: English