In her second collection of poems, Carol Prejean Zippert continues to explore the intersecting worlds she inhabits as a woman, a wife and mother, an educator, an African American, a Southerner, a community activist, and a writer. Zippert has a rich, musical voice in her poetry, and she is never afraid of her emotions. She lets her readers share her joys as well as her sorrows, her curiosity as well as her certainty.
“I wish I could tell you my fears,” she writes, “but the trouble is all in my mind.” It’s to her credit that she so effortlessly invites us inside this creative mind, which draws insights from topics ranging from the mundane acts of daily life (brewing coffee, raking the yard) to the broad sweep of history (the legacy of Malcolm X, the promised-but-not-delivered forty acres and a mule), to the many faces and expressions of love and faith.
When she writes, “Is she that gift to me, coming into / my home, reminding that the greatest / treasures of our world are still found / in the simplest acts of love?,” Zippert is speaking of the bird that has built a nest in her garage, but she might also be describing these poems she has carefully constructed and delivered to her readers.
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About the Author
Carol Prejean Zippert, a Louisiana native, is a poet, educator, community activist, and newspaper publisher in the Black Belt region of west Alabama, where she has lived with her family since 1971. Her earlier collection of poetry, I Don't Want To Be Rich, Just Able, is also published by NewSouth Books. Dr. Zippert has a special interest in rural youth and serves as an adjunct research professor and resource specialist for Tuskegee University's Community-Based Youth Partnerships. She has also helped orchestrate institutions such as the Greene County Employees Federal Credit Union, 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement, the Society of Folk Arts & Culture, and the Black Belt Community Foundation. With her husband, John, she owns and co-publishes the Greene County Democrat, the county newspaper of record in Eutaw, Alabama. The Zipperts have two daughters, one son, and a growing number of grandchildren.