by Merril D. Smith
Publication Date: 12 April 2021
Nightingale & Sparrow Press
River Ghosts is about love, loss, the natural world, and the passage of time. It explores family and memory, the ghosts that dance through our minds, and the ghosts that whisper from cobblestones, rivers, and houses. It is a book birthed in the grief for a parent and the world during COVID-19. Nevertheless, it also celebrates joy and laughter, and recognizes that though nature’s beauty is transitory, it recurs again and again. Spring follows winter, and new flowers
bloom. We see the light of long-dead stars, even as new stars are born.
This book was compiled after the author’s mother died of COVID-19 in April 2020, although some of the poems were written before pandemic and lockdown. The compilation is a tribute to life and love, and an exploration of mourning and remembrance.
About the Author
Merril D. Smith lives near the Delaware River in southern New Jersey with her husband and cat. She has a doctorate in American history from Temple University in Philadelphia. Her nonfiction books focus on history, gender, and sexuality. She turned to poetry as a creative outlet several years ago, and her poetry has been published in a variety of literary magazines. River Ghosts is her first full-length poetry book.