New poetry book ‘No Crystal Stair’ reflects on real life

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Sarah Smith Ducksworth offers accessible language, describing relatable experiences through verse.

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Inspired by a need for reflection and a new direction, author Sarah Smith Ducksworth began to write poetry based on real life and her keen observations of real-life actors and events. The heartfelt poems that resulted from this venture fill the pages of her new book, “No Crystal Stair” (published by Trafford Publishing).

“The poems in this book came from a place of deep reflection,” Ducksworth says. “I went metaphorically to the well of my experience to choose the most meaningful moments and the most powerful impressions stored in the deep waters of my life. These poems are therefore, heartfelt, if not perfect; and, for that reason, I feel they will appeal to others, who are as imperfect as I, and are also seeking truth and meaning in their lives.”

“No Crystal Stair” is accessible in terms of language and relatable due to a gamut-run of emotions – from joy to grief and everything in between. As Ducksworth tells her unique story through her poems, readers are invited to share in her journey, learn from her experiences and her comments on human frailties resulting in immoral and unethical actions and possibly find catharsis in the process.

“No matter where one comes from and regardless of what happens to them in life,” Ducksworth says, “there is always hope and the real possibility of claiming the joy and happiness they deserve if they focus on loved ones and on things that matter in the large scheme of things.”

“No Crystal Stair”
By Sarah Smith Ducksworth
Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5 in | 88 pages | ISBN 9781490749686
E-Book | 88 pages | ISBN 9781490749693
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Sarah Smith Ducksworth has a Bachelor of Arts from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, a semester of study as an exchange student at Oberlin College in Ohio and a completed transcript of master’s level work in literature at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She also has a master’s degree in reading from Montclair State University in Montclair and a doctoral degree in English education specializing in composition from Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She has taught language arts for nearly 40 years in New York and New Jersey middle schools, high schools and universities. She has written over 40 articles and literary essays which have been published in newsletters, journals and encyclopedias.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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