Announcement #1: My poetry book, River Ghosts!

Hello, Everyone

I am SO pleased and excited to announce that my first book of poetry is being published by Nightingale and Sparrow Press! The book, River Ghosts, will be available on April 12! The stunning cover was created by my older child, Jay Smith. You can see more of their work on Instagram.

River Ghosts was compiled a few months after my mom died in the first wave of COVID-19 in April 2020. We could not be with her when she died. However, this poetry collection is about more than death and grieving. Many of the poems were written before this time, and they are about nature, the river, Philadelphia, love. . .and much more.

I walk by the Delaware River often, as regular readers of my blog know. In the months following my mom’s death, almost every morning, I tossed a stone in the water and thought of her—a sort of mourning ritual that I repeated again this morning.

Stone toss. Delaware River

45 thoughts on “Announcement #1: My poetry book, River Ghosts!

  1. Congratulations on this wonderful news, Merril! I look forward to reading. The cover is beautiful, and I’m sure the book would’ve made your mum very proud and happy!

    • Thank you so much, Resa! I’m sure there’s an e-book version, but I don’t know anything about it (and I don’t know what Kobo is). It looks like the other books by Nightingale and Sparrow have a print option, a PDF version, and a Kindle version.

      • Okay!
        Kobo is another book platform.
        Thing is, I have been boycotting Amazon for over 6 years now.
        I have a Kobo reader, so buy the odd book from there. I’ll see what Sparrow has to offer. I’m keen on PDFs!

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