Introducing a new and beautifully illustrated book of poetry

Introducing a new book of poetry

Breaking the Surface and the Importance of Breathing, by Nancy Haydon Gray. Published by Peace and Poetry Press, Newark, Delaware, 2013.

In this beautiful, illustrated book of poems and stories, Nancy takes readers through 25 years of her life. It begins as she is newly widowed and writes, “That is the hardest thing: to hold on to my right to my own life each day instead of someone else’s.” She works her way through her husband’s proud and daunting mindset. Then, on her own, she moves to the high plains of Colorado, and does, indeed, breathe deeply, joyously. Her serious themes give way to delight in mother- and childhood, and she leaves readers at the end with a whimsical version of the creation of the earth and a plea that her brilliant friend let her be right at least once. She has built her own feminist theme that runs through her poems. She becomes more and more confident. She ceases to questions so much. And, as her title tells her readers, she truly breaks through the surface of uncertainty and breathes free and confident. She will celebrate her 80th birthday in January, 2015, and plans a big celebration. Nancy is a native of Pennsylvania and now lives in Newark, Delaware. She has lived in Helensburgh, Scotland, and Galway, the Republic of Ireland, and travels to Sydney, Australia, and Boston, Massachusetts, to visit family there. She looks for new ideas everywhere and is working on a children’s storybook and a new book of poems.

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