by Carol Farnsworth
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I love walking in the woods, with my husband or daughter as my sighted guide. When I became totally blind, I developed my senses of touch, hearing, smell, and taste to see the world. Visual memories complete the picture. I wrote this book of poems after I lost my sight. I found there are many ways to enjoy nature, such as using your hands to explore. My husband and I also enjoy tandem bicycling.
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I met Carol Farnsworth a couple of years ago when she joined Behind Our Eyes, an organization of disabled writers to which I belong. I always enjoy reading her poetry because it’s straightforward with plenty of vivid imagery.
This chapbook is divided into four sections, representing the four seasons. Each section starts with one or two shorter poems, which are followed by several longer ones. Many of the poems were published in The Weekly Avocet, Magnets and Ladders, and other publications.
Carol has a knack for drawing readers into her subject matter. I was right there with her and her husband on their tandem bike, as they pedaled furiously to reach safety ahead of an approaching thunderstorm in “With the Wind” and as she cross-country skied down a hill to enjoy the peace of a pond in “Alone with Myself.” After reading “Beauty in the Field,” I was angered to think that people, perhaps inadvertently, destroy nature in order to enjoy it. If you like poems about the great outdoors written for each season of the year, Leaf Memories is for you.
I would also like to encourage you to visit Carol’s blog. Here, you’ll find some delightful narrative pieces that include short poems. Happy reading!
For those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.
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