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This collection of poetic works articulates turning points that result in drastic change, realization, and understanding. From an Olympian ice arena to the cool cement floor of an Appalachian cellar, “PIVOT” takes the reader on a tour of poems spanning a broad spectrum of people, places, events, and time periods. From simple household chores to the emotional discovery of a mother's precious heirloom and "going for the gold," turning points channel, challenge, and change the course of our existence and clarify our purpose.
"Debbie Richard explores the beauty and honesty of love, regret, loss and the feelings that come after all of it. There is a delicacy and maturity in her frankness." (CARRIE McCULLOUGH JENKINS, freelance editor/publishing consultant)
“Delicately written and illustrated, these short poems are truly gifts from the heart. Richard’s deep love of family, friends, home and Nature shines here. In her careful words, she captures loss and betrayal as movingly as affection, pleasure and joy.” (CYNTHIA HODELL DYER, Poet and Songwriter; Past President of S.C. Writers Workshop; Founding Director, Long Bay Threshold Singers)
“Debbie Richard, in her poems, poignantly observes the values and needs, the pains and joys, in the human and natural worlds. She meshes all with the spiritual, her appreciation showered with grace, honesty, and love, and, finally, acceptance of what she cannot change. I love her poems.” (DAVID SELBY renown actor and the author of My Mother’s Autumn and Promises of Love.)
Paperback: 80 pages
Publishing date: January 28, 2019
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
Debbie Richard is listed in the Directory of Poets & Writers as both a poet and creative nonfiction writer. Her poem, “Between Two Worlds,” was selected as Adelaide Voices Literary Award for Poetry FINALIST for 2018. Her poems have appeared in Torrid Literature Journal, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, WestWard Quarterly, Halcyon Days, and others.
Award winning illustrator, Ashley Teets, specializes in children’s art, illustration, graphic design, and mural work. She has illustrated multiple award winning children’s books that include 14 Mom’s Choice Awards, four Indie Book and an Indie Excellence Award, an International Book Award, a USA News Best Book Award, and four Creative Child Magazine Awards.