Davis, Tom. THEY THAT GO DOWN TO THE SEA. Fayetteville, NC: Old Mountain Press, Inc. 2010. 83 pages, trade paperback. $14.00. www.OldMountainPress.com.
THEY THAT GO DOWN TO THE SEA, compiled by Old Mountain Press, includes poetry and prose by 61 writers. This anthology features authors who wonder at the beauty and mystery of the sea.
A colorful photo of two adorable children graces the cover of this book. Thomas Fielding Dunn stands beside his big brother, Lewis, looking over the sound in Wrightsville Beach, NC. They are waiting for their uncle Lewis to pick them up in his boat flying the US and North Carolina flags.
The poetry ranges from "The Sea Calls to me," by Ann Fogelman; "Shipwreck," Catherine Murphy Haymore; "Reflections in a Pond," Margaret L. Parrish; "The Old Lighthouse Keeper," D. Davis Phillips and to "The Perfect Shell," by Nancy Sollosi.
"Night Sea," by Joanna Catherine Scott describes the lure of the sea: roar of a wild wet beast/ hissing, whispered/ summons to a drowning
Dylan Atkins' imagery of "The Sea," paints a landscape: The deep blue sea is a beautiful sight/ We are happy every night.../I love all sea creatures/I love all bodies of water...
Besides poetry, the prose ranges from "Sea Call," by Tonya Staufer," to "She Who Went Down to the Farm Pond," by Martha O'Quinn.
THEY THAT GO DOWN TO THE SEA is the 12th anthology printed by Old Mountain Press.
Editor Tom Davis acknowledges the contributions of the following authors whose work has appeared in this and all eleven past anthologies: Sandra Ervin Adams, Ed Cockrell, KD Kennedy, Jr., Jo Koster, Brenda Kay Ledford, and Glenda S. Wilkins.
Finally, James Gibson best describes the mesmerism of the sea in, "The Ocean in Me": I stood in the surf/Ocean rhythm in my blood/It never left me.
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Book reviewed by: Brenda Kay Ledford
These Blue Ridge Mountain gals love the sea, too. Brenda Kay Ledford, Blanche L. Ledford, and Barbara Ledford Wright, have work in the anthology, THEY THAT GO DOWN TO THE SEA.