Rosemary and Pansies


Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker

Effie Waller Smith was recognized as a promising young black poet. Her poems reflect her love of nature, her faith, and her experience as a black woman in Appalachia. Although she only published three volumes of poetry during her lifetime, the poems are as relevant today as when first published. Perhaps she is best described in this poem by Peter Clay: "To Effie Waller. Far upon among the mountains, Where rivers leave their fountains, And happy birds send forth their merry thrills, There dwells a little poet, Though few there be who know it, Whose voice is an echo from the hills." (AnnaLisa Bodtker) (0 hr 57 min)

Chapters

At the Grave of One Forgotten 2:46 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
The Shepherds' Vision 1:22 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Heredity 1:30 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
The Wood Fire 1:29 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
A New Year's Hope 1:25 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
To a Silver Dollar 1:27 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Preparation 2:16 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Ghosts 1:27 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
The Rainbow 1:04 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Heroes 1:36 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
The Recompense 1:22 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
The Test 1:17 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
To a Dead Baby 1:28 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Thanksgiving 1:53 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Under Roofs 1:12 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Forever 1:16 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
If Christ Should Come 2:52 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Gifts 1:52 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Benefaction 1:10 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Historic Ground 1:17 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
A Mountain Graveyard 2:42 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
After the Last Lesson 1:30 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
The Road to Church 2:58 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
The Patchwork Quilt 3:05 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
My Brother 1:30 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
In Fuller Measure 1:21 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
October 0:58 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Benignant Death 1:19 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
The Unreturning 1:11 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
When a Hundred Years Have Passed 2:20 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Fallen Leaves 1:05 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
December Snow 1:26 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Trust 1:04 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Toward Sunrise 1:37 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker
Good Night 1:18 Read by AnnaLisa Bodtker