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Week 5: Sally Thomas

K Weber (@midwesternskirt) here! I am pleased to introduce you to the poet @SallyThomasNC this week! Sally’s website welcomes you with a robust, writing-focused blog! In the days ahead, we will traverse Sally’s website & learn more about this NC poet!

Today I present @SallyThomasNC’s poetry page! sally-thomas.com/p/poetry.html Links to Sally’s published poems are listed, but we can also access other poetry-related writings! Read through this thread as I aim to shine a spotlight on some of Sally’s poetry endeavors here!

Sally is adept at free verse & rhymed poetry. Her rhymes are effortless, welcoming; the forms less formal or rigid. Often a series of rhymed lines have near-, visual-, or off-rhyme. 3 poems w/ nonchalant, image-packed rhyme at @Mezzocammin.

In Sally’s free verse poem, “Detachment,” couplets appear, but the syllable structure of each line differs. The layout is detached; lines seem formal but exist in unrhymed duets. It is an adventure to wander the poets’ content in this scaffolding.

I love “Memoir” and all the rewarding imagery.

That bluebell line & how it relates back to the initial questioning!

“A new child confected on its altar.”

“Combing the… current”

Each line careful with the idea of whether we exist in a photo!

Do take note of the other poetry-relevant links Sally has included on her poetry page. Here you can read her notes and posts about certain aspects of poetry, find more about one of her collections of poetry, and delve deeper into blog posts regarding poetry.

The rest of this week I will talk about Sally’s books, themes in her poetry, other genres in which she writes and takes great interest, and more! See you Wednesday morning for more on this talented writer!

Now we will take a look at some of @SallyThomasNC ’s writing outside of poetry. We will circle back to her poetry themes & books later this week! I am so excited to get to know writers who express themselves via multiple genres; so close to my own heart!

Sally’s fiction page shares fiction, flash & e-shorts you can read fairly quickly! “Spiders in the Fall” from Barren Magazine #3 is just the perfect balance of sparse-but-imagistic beauty and the feeling of holding your breath while reading.

Such an abundant array of topics covered at Sally’s page of essays and reviews.

I enjoyed her “Fantasy & Faith” article which maintains her poetic tone but looks at such a fascinating intersection of themes from an@honest and spirited angle!

On Thursday we will visit Sally’s podcasts/recordings and her recommended links! Looking forward to hearing Sally read aloud. I see music listings as well! I have a few more highlights, too! Friday I will finish with her poetry themes & collections!

I will focus on @SallyThomasNC’s audio recordings & her fresh page of links today & we will look more at her blog! Starting with the Podcasts page I am very curious to hear Sally read! Also… music! Head to https://www.sally-thomas.com/p/podcasts.html & follow along in this thread!

I went directly to the music! I was pleased to find “When Jesus Wept.” I listen to & create layered sounds in secular music & recorded poetry. It was new to hear a hymn performed in this manner. Sally’s voice is lovely in this soundscape!

Sally has discussed poetry in the context of appreciation & homeschooling at http://podtail.com/en/podcast/the-mason-jar/-30-on-poetry-with-sally-thomas/

You can hear her read “The Beach House,” at http://archive.org/details/TheBeachHousePodcast11.4.16.band

These are both about 1 hour. Bookmark & spend some time listening to Sally’s recordings!

Sally has recently added writing links to her website! We are thrilled that the @DaisyChainPoetz website is featured: http://daisychainpoetz.com. She also started off her links page by including our list of poets and their unique site links!

Revisiting Sally’s blog today from https://www.sally-thomas.com/?m=1. I wanted to note her excellent, motivating posts! She posts about local readings & her participation! I enjoy the posts on newly and forthcoming publishing efforts! Her blog is so inviting for poets and writers!

On Friday I will present the grand finale of Sally’s website offerings. We will get acquainted with her books and present more about her writing themes! Until tomorrow this is @midwesternskirt
saying thanks for supporting this page and the poets in focus!

This is our last day covering poet @SallyThomasNC’s website! It has been a grand adventure spending more time with one poet’s words and talent! Let’s talk more about Sally’s poetry themes and styles!

https://wildgoosepoetryreview.wordpress.com/spring-2018/sally-thomas-3-poems/ is a nice place to start!

“In That Place” is adorned with couplets, resonating empathy:

“Looking up, you’d see the the lamps left on In a window — yours — exhaling gold in the dark.”

Also at http://wildgoosepoetryreview.wordpress.com/spring-2018/sally-thomas-3-poems/. “Storm Season” with it’s quietly magnificent imagery in free verse, devastating line breaks:

“This island’s a curving fossil spine
In a broken white
Scree of breakers. Wet
Thunderheads pile like dirty rags above it.”

Comparing those 2 to other poems mentioned this week, I feel a sense of care & illumination; all in the context of emotions & situations to which many relate. Lots of surprising details! Even her fiction is poetic! A sense of faith & hope emboldens many pieces as well.

I have not yet had the chance to read Sally’s books, but 2 are available for purchase:


Her forthcoming book, “Motherland,” is already earning good reviews!

What a sweet stroll through @SallyThomasNC’s online presence this week! I appreciate how many of you have enjoyed! Next week, Sally will present the next poet!

@midwesternskirt signing off after a tremendous week! If anyone would like to add anything, feel free!!!

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