Poetry & Prose
Holding Grace embraces a contemporary, free verse style of poetry as the voice for sharing a range of life’s experiences and emotions, creating an approachable and highly readable collection. Within these pages are recognizable tales of friendship and loss, contentment and longing, reflections on current events and locales, and the pure pleasure that may be found when one stops to soak in the beauty and rhythm of nature.
The storytelling here breathes life into the moments captured. From the exuberance of a child free to swing high on a rope and drop into cool waters in Washed Anew, to quiet reflection of a young father realizing life’s blessings on Christmas morn in A Morning Made of Perfection, the images conjured by the author strike a chord that is at once familiar and emotional.
Tenderly written remembrances of childhood, tales of middle-aged angst as one feels the press of time, and backward glances at life’s choices are all countered with stories of nature’s challenging beauty, and the too infrequent simplicity of enjoying a quiet rain or a frozen breath on a cold day.
This collection offers sentimental reflections on life and the memories we carry, as well as an unblinking look at the need to accept the passage of time with grace and appreciation.
Pause and take in the life moments, both common and unique, that are so lovingly shared in Holding Grace.Learn More
Singer/songwriter Tom Kimmel has written and recorded songs that have touched millions of people around the world. Featured in film, in television and on albums by dozens of artists, including Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Randy Travis and Linda Ronstadt, his compositions have achieved gold and platinum sales in many countries. The Sweetest and the Meanest is drawn from the author's colorful life experiences of growing up in the Deep South, traveling the world, and exploring spiritual practices. Its poems are artful yet unadorned, portals leading to worlds just below the surface of everyday life. In the words of his critically acclaimed peer, Pierce Pettis: "Tom does with poems what Eudora Welty did with short stories... sweet (but unsentimental), understated little slices of actual human life as experienced here in the South-or anywhere, for that matter. He puts you so close to those beauty/truth/goodness moments of the heart (the ones we've all known but defy description), that you're suddenly in them before you realize it. Like Eudora, he speaks softly, sneaks up on you-and then nails you. Wonderful stuff."Learn More