Shards of Blue

Shards of Blue is my collection of 25 poems that tell the story of my great-great-grandparents, John and Mary Ratcliff, from their migration to Kansas in 1855 as part of a Quaker abolitionist community, through the Civil War, to the post-war years when their relationship changed, they divorced, and Mary took out her own homestead. Through these poems, I give voice to John and Mary and the hope, trauma, loss of trust and love, and the optimism of new beginnings that defined their lives.


Shards of Blue was published by Finishing Line Press in December 2015 and is available from the publisher at

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