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Rosemary and Pansies

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Rosemary and Pansies by Effie Waller Smith is a beautifully written collection of poetry that explores themes of love, nature, and spirituality. Smith's words are lyrical and evocative, drawing the reader in with their vivid imagery and emotional depth.

The poems in this collection are a mix of traditional forms and free verse, showcasing Smith's versatility as a poet. She expertly weaves together poignant meditations on life and love with vibrant descriptions of the natural world, creating a rich tapestry of emotions and experiences.

One of the standout features of Rosemary and Pansies is Smith's ability to capture the beauty and complexity of human relationships. Whether she is writing about the tender bonds of motherhood or the ache of lost love, Smith's words resonate with authenticity and wisdom.

Overall, Rosemary and Pansies is a moving and powerful collection of poetry that will stay with readers long after they have turned the final page. Effie Waller Smith's lyrical prose and insightful observations make this book a must-read for anyone who appreciates the power of language to illuminate the human experience.

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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."

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