Today's poem is "Red Tractor"
from A Lake of Light and Clouds

Press 53

Terri Kirby Erickson lives on a quiet cul-de-sac in North Carolina with her husband, Leonard, in a little book- and art-filled ranch house surrounded by songbirds, chipmunks, squirrels, at least one groundhog, and the occasional deer. She is the author of four collections of poetry, including In the Palms of Angels (Press 53, 2011), which won a Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry, a Gold Medal for Poetry in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was a Finalist for Poetry in the International Book Awards. Her collection Telling Tales of Dusk (Press 53, 2009) was #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Seller List in 2010. Her work has appeared in the 2013 Poet’s Market, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, The Christian Science Monitor, Verse Daily, JAMA, North Carolina Literary Review, Pirene’s Fountain, storySouth, and many others. She was chosen as the 2013 Leidig Keynote Poet for Emory & Henry College in Virginia, and her poetry has won numerous awards and accolades, most recently the Grand Prize in the Carolina Woman Writing Contest and the Poetry for Their Freedom award. Since she loves to travel, Terri can often be found roaming the streets of cities both large and small, anywhere from Bloomington, Indiana, to Västerås, Sweden—watching, listening, and remembering—then back home again to write. She is all too aware that squadrons of squirrels eat her birdseed until they roll off the feeders (bellies bulging), and thus, depend on her book sales for sustenance.

Other poems by Terri Kirby Erickson in Verse Daily:
November 13, 2009:   "County Fair" "Pulled like rotten teeth from the open mouths..."

Books by Terri Kirby Erickson:

Other poems on the web by Terri Kirby Erickson:
Three poems
"Sponge Bath"
Two poems

Terri Kirby Erickson's Website.

About A Lake of Light and Clouds:

"Terri Kirby Erickson writes poetry about the real stuff, engagingly, with sympathy and an open eye."
— Peter Tork

"Nothing could seem more natural than enjoying Terri Kirby Erickson’s poetry, so colloquial, so every day in its subjects, and yet so penetrating. Her poems are the kind we share with special friends, and this new volume is so full of gems I’ll have plenty of gifts to go around for years to come."
—Theodore Wiprud

"A Lake of Light and Clouds reaffirms that Terri Kirby Erickson has a Poet's Soul and it makes us see everyday things with new eyes and gratitude that beauty is not the exception but the rule of Life."
—Jill Conner Browne

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