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Sarah Smith Ducksworth has been writing and telling stories all her life. Her prior published writings are primarily nonfiction works published in school journals and newspapers, and encyclopedias which include the Magill series of Masterpieces of Literature and Masterplots, published by Salem Press. In the academic arena, she is best known for her 1995 literary essay on Harriet Beecher Stowe, included in The Stowe Debate: Rhetorics in Uncle Tom's Cabin and for her 2005 foreword to the 5th edition of William Still's classic, The Underground Railroad."


During a leave from her position as an English professor at a New Jersey university in 2013, she joined a poetry group and began an interior journey which resulted in this current collection of poems in which she charts her life's journey, beginning with reflections on her Southern beginnings, then moving to meditations upon the racial mountain and attendant perils for women (especially black women) striving to achieve the American Dream, and ending with a clearer understanding of the basic things that make life both beautiful and meaningful regardless of distractions and roadblocks along the way.

Her renewed faith in the purposefulness of her life is best expressed in the following lines:

 

"God did not make the minuscule cell

Residing at the bottom of the ocean

To open and shut in perfect time
With the moon when it rises and sinks

And then allow me to spend my life

In the form of a walking shadow, Destined to strut and fret
Until my time is spent
And then be heard no more."

(From "The Enigma of Life: What I Do Not Understand, I Must Believe") From CHIMES OF TIME