I am pleased to announce that Finishing Line Press will be publishing my chapbook, Shards of Blue. The book is a collection of poems telling the story of my great-great grandparents, John and Mary Ratcliff, mostly in their voices. The poems span the period 1854, when they migrated to Kansas as part of a Quaker, Abolitionist community, through the Civil War, in which John was wounded, and the post-war years through to 1882, when Mary died. The poems focus on their changing relationship, John’s wounding and post-war depression, Mary taking on the role of managing the farm, John’s affair with their hired girl, and John and Mary’s subsequent divorce.
Shards of Blue is available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press through June 26. See: https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=2382.