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.

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Shards of Blue was published by Finishing Line Press in December 2015 and is available from the publisher at https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=2382.

Shards of Blue is also available through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Shards-Blue-Michael-Ratcliffe/dp/1622299817

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