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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 Luisa Kay Reyes provided this portrait of herself and the collection at the Heritage Park in Prattville, Alabama. She stands before a cast iron, three-tiered fountain completed in 1989 that serves as a focal point in the park. Luisa contributed the limerick “Nancy Drew . . .” featured below, to the 212-page anthology.

Nancy Drew . . .

Since Mildred Wirt Benson could write
Some plots full of daring and might
The syndicate thought
She was just what they sought
To bring their new series to light!

Miss Mildred made Nancy quite bold
But still from the feminine fold
Her brave little sleuth
Could outwit the uncouth
And the Drew girl’s adventures soon sold!

With logic Miss Drew hunts for clues
In clocks and in attics or shoes
The criminal set
Know they now have to fret
As Nancy, they just can’t confuse!

A local collegian named Ned
On several adventures is led
By Nancy who dares
To explore the thief’s lairs
So none of the perps get ahead!

Though many a decade has passed
Since Mildred’s first story was cast
The adage holds true
That regardless who’s who
With Nancy we all have a blast!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Luisa Kay Reyes is a second-generation Nancy Drew reader.  Her mother, Kay Rodabaugh Reyes, had special permission from the librarian to check out more than the maximum allowed for young children, so she could read all of the Nancy Drew mysteries she wanted  when growing up. Luisa continued that tradition of checking out piles and piles of Nancy Drew mysteries from the library when she was little. She still dreams of finding a secret passage in an old mansion someday. In the meantime, she has had poems featured in the  anthologies published by the Stark County District Library, in the zine for Nancy Drew sleuths, and  a poetry anthology published by the Florence Poet’s Society.  Recently, her poem “A Christmas Poem” was declared a first-place winner by the Sixteenth Annual Stark County District Library Poetry Contest.  In 2007, she received Honorable Mention in the Alabama Meter Readers International Limerick Contest and First Place in the Florence Poet’s Society Limerick Contest. Her work has appeared in Set Sail For Poetry, I Spy Poetry, A Kaleidoscope of Poetry, and the How Sweet It Is anthologies published by the Stark County District Library.

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translated into a limerick by Alfred H. Marks

There once was a curious frog
Who sat by a pond on a log
And, to see what resulted,
In the pond catapulted
With a water-noise heard round the bog.

IMAGE:  “Basho’s frog haiku print” available at

by Hilary Barta

In darkness this duo’s defined
by light through the slats of a blind
The pair was condemned,
by shadows were hemmed,
the moment insurance was signed.

In blackness the couple’s confined
Like bars in a cell they are lined
They’re not playing straight,
each eying their mate,
awaiting a fate that’s unkind.

Credit: “Venetian Binds”  © 2013 Hilary Barta

Photo: Still from Double Indemnity (1944) directed by Billy Wilder, starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwick.

Editor’s note: You’d have to know the plot of Double Indemnity for this limerick to make sense. Read a synopsis of the film at