The sensuous words of Glenda Beall’s poems carry the reader into unforgettable landscapes: the richly textured scenes of the rural south and those of the human spirit with its joys, challenges, and yes, its music.
Janice Townley Moore, author of Teaching the Robins, and winner of the Press 53 Poetry Award for 2009
Ballet in the Piney Woods
Little girl sunsuits littered the wiregrass.
Summer warmed small bronze bodies
that danced on the stage of a fallen oak,
to songbirds’ music from the mayhaw.
They felt, at five, the kiss of butterflies
upon their eyes, breathed honeysuckle air.
Like sylphs set free they twirled, arms open,
gathering the breeze against their bareness.
Chastised for their boldness by older girls
who barged into their glade,
the innocents saw themselves
and were ashamed.
Lift Your Glass
From the vineyard,
she burst forth
with a hint of blush,
a touch of dew
upon her cheek.
Battered by winds, rain and time,
rooted deep, she toughens
to a satiny sheen.
Finally, crushed by adversity
she emerges, life's
Drink a toast to woman.
Previously published in Red Owl Magazine, 1999)
Here is more Glenda Counci Beall pubishing information.
"Big Sur" - Storyteller magazine 1996