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Local author publishes first book

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Linwood Williams

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From Contributed Reports

Saturday, January 27, 2018

The dream of one day publishing a book has come true for local author Linwood Williams.

His first book, “Cafeteria Poetry,” was completed and published by “Xlibris Publishing Company” in November 2017. The book title is just as surprising as its contents. “Cafeteria Poetry” is not a book about food for the physical body, but rather a litany of poetry that will nourish your mind, soul and spirit each time you pour over its carefully constructed verses.

The book title, “Cafeteria Poetry,” was selected because the entire book was written inside of a local cafeteria. Most of the poems in this volume were written during 2017. A precious few of the poems in this book were actually written when Williams was a ninth-grade student at Southern Nash Senior High School in Bailey, such as “The Snow,” “Can There Be,” and “How do Birds Fly.”

Williams extends credit and gratitude to his eighth-grade teacher, Mrs. Little, whom he met during the first full year of school integration at Coopers Elementary School located in the Sandy Cross community in Nash County. The following school year, eighth-grade teachers from Coopers Elementary followed their students to the first year of high school, which was the ninth grade at that time, to further assist them with the transition. Williams said he was profoundly affected as Mrs. Little was reading one of his poems, she looked up at him and said, “I knew there was something special about you.” These comments gave birth to a lifelong interest in poetry for this new and very young author.

Every poem in this book is guaranteed to provoke your thoughts, stir your curiosity, challenge your wisdom and sometimes make you laugh. Some poems in this collection describe triumphs of the present, such as the heartwarming story of a little girl known only as “Katrina.” Some chronicle journeys of the past, such as the griping account of slave life from the bottom of a ship, to their march toward freedom, entitled “Which Way is Freedom Now,” which will be printed in its entirety during “Black History Month” in February. Some poems found in this book will stir your spiritual senses such as the one entitled “Wind Gust Upon My Face.”

Williams dedicates this first book to his wife Betty, and his parents, Emanuel and Reatha Mae Williams Jordan, all of Rocky Mount. Williams said his next book will be completed by May. This will be a book written for very young readers and will contain material written by Linwood’s granddaughters, Janiah, Layla and Shyanne, who currently attend Benvenue Elementary School. This book will be made up of poems and short stories, such as one called “Babatunde and the Legend of the Great White Lion,” rooted in old African folklore. This story is about a quest for the hand of the King’s beautiful daughter, Princess Adana, to the first one to capture the powerful and majestic great white lion.

The book “Cafeteria Poetry” can be found at www.Xlibris.com, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. For poetry readings and more of Linwood’s material, call 252-314-3048 or e-mail whoswill55@yahoo.com.

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