Julia Nunnally Duncan

Julia Nunnally Duncan
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Julia Nunnally Duncan's most recent book is a poetry collection, A Neighborhood Changes, released by Finishing Line Press in 2018. Her eleventh book, A Journey in Words: New and Collected Works, is forthcoming from Red Dirt Press in 2019. She lives with her husband Steve in Marion, NC, and they enjoy visits from their daughter, Annie, a college junior.

In my dream she is a baby still, cradled in my arms, sheltered from any harm that might come her way. As I hold her, she looks up at me, and...

After a deep snow, our neighbor David built a giant wooden sled for his sons and my brother and me. Bundled in winter clothes, we piled onto the...

Her chair was placed by the window so she could face the outside though there was nothing much to see but the yard, a tree, an empty driveway. Her...

Years ago, my grandmother gave me her mother’s wedding ring. Occasionally, I try it on, holding out my hand to see how the wide gold band shines in the light, as...

On Saturday mornings when my mother called a cab to take us to town, it was usually my uncle Paul who pulled into our driveway. He drove a white...

There were many mothers in my neighborhood: Beulah, who tended to my foot on a summer day when I stepped on a shard of broken Mason...

When he found me hiding bashfully behind a tree at my babysitter’s house, he held out the small round box. My Army sergeant uncle was home on...

She stored buttons in a drawer of her Singer Sewing Machine— a collection of varied sizes and colors— rose and ivory and pale green or black with ornamental...

On my grandmother’s front porch where we gathered on Sunday afternoons, Paul seemed to be the most relaxed of uncles, pipe stem poised in his mouth only to...

That Sunday night in 1966, when I was nine, my father, mother, thirteen-year-old brother, and I watched The Ed Sullivan Show in our dark...