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According to staff reports

Redhawk Publications announces the publication of “Hard-Packed Clay”, Joyce Brown’s fourth publication.

Brown has also released “Bequest,” “Singing with Jarred Edges,” and “Standing on the Outcrop,” which was published by Redhawk Publications.

Brown, a retired English professor, began writing when she was young and wrote poetry as a young professor at Gardner-Webb University, but made limited efforts to publish until her retirement .

“‘Hard-Packed Clay’ encompasses my primary motivation as a poet, perhaps the impact of the past, of life’s experiences and sorrows, the celebration of the joy of living itself, particularly through the renewal in nature,” she said. “I consider this book as my poetic statement. I hope it will appeal to my fellow poets as well as those like me who have struggled with the burdens of the past while moving towards celebrating the present. This may evoke a certain regional interest.

Says Ron Rash, author of “Serena”: “These elegiac poems plumb the depths of loss, but the beauty and craftsmanship of their making, the honor of lives lived, achieve, as the author hopes,” the beating of hope resurges from the heart.’ Like Yeats, Joyce Brown is the rare poet whose work gains more power after youth and middle age. ‘Hard-Packed Clay’ is a marvel.

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Founded in 2017, Redhawk Publications is an arts initiative of Catawba Valley Community College, publishing written works of interest to the local community, state, and nation. It offers more than 75 titles.

CVCC is the only state community college with a publishing press.

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