Maurice Thomas Branches

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An imaginative collection of poems with over 100 striking, color images by North Carolina poet Maurice Thomas that celebrates the bond between the British Isles and the Blue Ridge Mountains where so many English, Irish, Scottish, and Welch immigrant families settled and whose branches have spread across the the United States, joining other nationalities to form the great American canopy.

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BRANCHES is the final selection of three books about the Blue Ridge Mountains and New River that originates in western North Carolina and travels through Virginia and ultimately to the Ohio.  This books contains several poems and color images from earlier editions and explores the connection between the people of the Piedmont and Blue Ridge with their ancestorial heritage in the British Isle.  Thomas and his wife have spent a great deal of time in London as professors overseeing international study programs of Wingate University. During their stays in London, they traveled throughout the British Isles from which they ancestors came. The poem "Great Wagon Road Home," winner of the NC Poetry Society's Hayman America Award, vividly portrays this lasting connection. The earlier book were NEW RIVER AND OTHER POEMS and BLUE RIDGE IN STARLIGHT.

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Maurice Thomas is an emeritus professor of Wingate Univesity where he taught English and creative writing for many years. He is married to Dr. Pamela Reeves Thomas who also teaches English at Wingate. Their children are Colin who died in 2010 and for whom some of the poems are dedicated and Lauren who lives in Los Angeles and works in TV and film. Thomas spends much of his time in Sparta, NC, located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains where he enjoys hiking and canoeing on the New River. He is also the author of two other book about the area.

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