Moments in the Chimes of Time
"Moments in the Chimes of Times" includes a wide range of experiences, both autobiographical and vicarious— not all to be taken literally. With the inclusion of an autobiographical essay, which can be taken literally, the messages comprising this book tell a universal story of a three-stage journey from innocent childhood, to the eye-opening reality of adulthood and the stage of life where the journey is reviewed. Readers will find Chimes of Time an interesting and compelling read, brimming with nostalgia for the past and hope for the future. The writing is not only accessible to a wide range of readers, it is rich in imagery and is prolific in its use of poetic forms. The poems are ripe in details that appeal to all senses and tell complex and intriguing stories which depict the 1950s and Southern life.
FROM CRITICAL REVIEWS OF THE BOOK
Sarah Smith Ducksworth's poetry collection ...is about identity, perseverance, and the human spirit. ...What's most powerful is the authenticity and confidence of the speaker's voice and the striking figurative language that evokes a mostly bygone era in the American South. Readers nostalgic for this particular time and place and those seeking an uplifting and reflective read will land gently here."
—Blue Ink, June 2015
"A voice that is both confident and self-aware makes this a brave and comprehensive poetry collection. Throughout this book of poetry, the speaker is able to reflect wisely on specific events or experiences and transform them into their own unique voice, one that acknowledges the poems' larger meanings in the present moment. Very little is spared in Ducksworth's writing... There are semblances of blank verse, image poetry, and even a few haiku, all of which provide an engaging array of poetic voices. Ducksworth builds a staircase of personal reflections and experiences, none of which are excluded from the whole, and all of which fits into it."
—Kenny Jakubas, Foreword, June 2015
"Reading Ducksworth's poems, you experience a life that was filled with uneven stairs, hard to climb, broken in spots, but that continued up, so that with enough work, dedication and faith, it was possible to keep climbing to the top."
—Barbara Rybolt, Independent Press, April 2015
"...this collection of poetry is a personal response to the times and nature of Ducksworth's world. With the power of her words, this woman takes us on a journey into her psyche in a manner that illuminates not only her life but all lives. These poems embrace the joy, horror, laughter and sorrow of lives deeply lived, which ultimately becomes the pact we make with the universe and/or God. In words accessible to everyone, this poet titillates, humors, and haunts. The tone and attitude of her poems seem well suited to their language..."
—Diane Elliott, U.S Review of Books, January 2015
"Ducksworth offers a debut collection of poems contemplating her life in and apart from the world of literature. Divided into three sections, these 38 poems and one short essay represent a lifetime of wisdom from a longtime educator."
—Kirkus Review, January 13, 2015