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Aspen Reflections: New Poetry, Age-Old Inspiration

Craig, CO, June 10, 2009 --( When you live in an area like the Colorado mountains, it seems only natural to share the inspiring scenery with others through art or photography. Some of the nation’s greatest artists are those who live in areas surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty. Outskirts Press author Joyce E. Phillips was similarly moved by the splendor surrounding her, but her background in English allowed her to express her appreciation of the natural world through poetry. Her new release, Aspen Reflections, is a collection of rural and western poetry, culled from her experiences living on a farm in western Pennsylvania and in the mountains of northwest Colorado.

Phillips carries a small note pad and pen in her pocket while hiking, camping, and fishing to capture her experiences and translate them into poems. Her themes run the gamut of emotions from joy to sadness, and faith to doubt, and her insightful and unique descriptions of a glacier lily or a fallen aspen leaf, for example, reveal her deep love of nature. Aspen Reflections also contains poetry about love, comedy, challenges, and insights channeled through the author’s unique perspective.

Among Phillips’ diverse offerings are poems about an ancient petroglyph artist, a tiny spider whose shadow looms larger than life, an Army Air Corps hero, and a cancer scare. But the most compelling poems from this collection are the ones that pay homage to Mother Nature, such as “Seasonal Aspen”:

Certain tall, slender aspen
humbled by winter’s weight of snow
bent to the ground.
Hair-like leaves sweeping the grass
when stirred by wind’s advance.

Straighter trees sway as breezes
bring gray, pillow clouds eastward
embracing Sand Point.
Wind makes this last day of summer
like autumn. A few aspen leaves,
blushing gold already,
invite the season to change.

Poetry touches the heart and brings peace to the soul. Phillips hopes to share this experience with others through this collection of fluid, inspirational verse. Aspen Reflections will inspire all who read it.

ISBN: 978-1-4327-3414-5 Format: 6 x 9 paperback SRP: $12.95
Genre: Poetry

About the Author: Joyce E. Phillips is a retired speech therapist with a B.S. in English and an M.S. in speech pathology. She is married with two children and currently lives in northwest Colorado. Aspen Reflections is her first book.

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About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.


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