We asked the 97 contributors to the Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press, October 2016) to send photos featuring the book in their home environments. Author Lisa Wiley provided this portrait of herself and collection near her home in Buffalo, New York — the buffalo statue at Williamsville South High School (Williamsville, NY), where both her sons attend. Lisa contributed the poem “Rereading Nancy Drew at 42,” featured below, to the 212-page anthology.
Rereading Nancy Drew at 42
She’s the It Girl—
an American classic like Grace Kelly
capable of becoming princess
of a glamorous coastal country.
With just a trace of lipstick,
and maybe a pair of pearl earrings,
she never resorts to sailor language,
always stands up for her best friends,
never leaves a man behind even if he’s
dizzy from being clunked on the head
by a jewel thief. A little quirky,
she collects souvenir matchbooks,
stows an overnight bag in her car including
bathing suit for sleuthing in pleasant weather.
Raised by her housekeeper like Scout,
the kind of girl next door
I’d like my sons to meet
when the time is right—
resourceful, respectful, raincoat ready
to plug any leaking boat.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Wiley teaches creative writing, poetry, and composition at Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York. She is the author of two chapbooks—My Daughter Wears Her Evil Eye to School (The Writer’s Den, 2015) and Chamber Music (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Her poetry has appeared in The Healing Muse, Mom Egg Review, Rockhurst Review, Silver Birch Press, Third Wednesday, and Yale Journal for Humanities, among others. She serves as a judge for Poetry Out Loud.
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