Shards of Blue to be published by Finishing Line Press

I am pleased to annRatcliffe_Michael_COVounce 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:


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