"Powerful…her poems give voice to emotions most of us hold but cannot express."—Sandra P. Aldrich
"A psalm of hope that teaches us to hold hands across the centuries and embolden each other to sing out, to never again be stopped, so that our daughters and granddaughters will always know how loved and how lovely they are." —Rebecca Gayle Howell.
No Shroud of Silence
, a collection of literary poems and stories that span decades of life in Appalachia (southeast Kentucky), speaks of family, place, loss, grief, domestic violence, prejudice, perseverance, resilience, spirituality, humor, and hope. In the title poem a woman declares her independence and refuses to bend to the wishes of others. I am a force as real as your financial security/and so-called clout./I will not keep mum about injustice,/prejudice, political bigotry, racism, sexism,/or be quiet about the fact that/IN GOD I TRUST.
"There is much healing going on here for reader and writer in poems and stories that study old wounds, / then bandage them with those healing words./
Read this book..."—Rob Merritt
Reading Group Guide
for No Shroud of Silence