Welcome!

Welcome to my online home.  Just like my timber frame cabin in the mountains of South Carolina, I hope this space will have a sense of place. I am fun-loving Southern woman who loves the old folk ways, fresh tomatoes from the garden, local history, and the atmospheric southern landscape.

“Kimberly Simms writes with eloquence and empathy about an important part of Southern history too often neglected.” --Ron Rash, Author of Serena

Selected Poems

Check out my "My South Speaks" poem as commissioned by Turner South: 

Click here to read entire poem

Excerpt "My South's Boys"


In my South - men grew up in the creek,
skinning snakes, sunning leather in trees.
My southern man could fire a twenty-two
or tear a truck through red logging roads
even before he was two.

My southern man was raised on Brave’s baseball,
Church diners, and Saturday night, dirt races.
My southern man loves the outdoor salt life:
hunting, camping, climbing, or – even - whittling with a knife.

My southern man can rock a pair of waders.
He casts magic to zip in fresh fish
then fries them up in a cast iron skillet.
My southern man is never scared
of wolf spiders, bats, or even a bear.
Like a boy scout my southern man
is always prepared.

Recent Poems


Fortune Tellers

Fortune Tellers never look like you expect
them to. This one has hair sprayed blonde bangs,
purple eye shadow, and boulder-like amethyst
rings. The room smells of country rose.

Last time it was a middle-aged black woman,
natural with short hair and beige fingernails.
She wore feather earrings and whispered,
“Stop punishing yourself.”  This is common.

Fortune tellers often urgently grab your wrist
as you descend steps to impart an ambiguous
shred of direction. Dad likes to have his cards
read, while I prefer palm readings. Life lines

and crease counting reminds me of cartography.
We avoid the ones with crystal balls and hoop
earrings. Wearing a purple turban is suspect
in our books. Fortunes change constantly.

Fortune Tellers are like weathermen.
It doesn’t always rain, but carrying
an umbrella never hurt anyone.

By Kimberly Simms


First appeared in Eclipse Literary Journal.

 Selected Early Poems


May Anti-capitalist Riots, London

That's the McDonald's I did not smash
I did not throw a chair through glass
I did not crush the register with a rock
I did not fling the burgers to dogs

that's the cement I did not shatter
I did not plant flowers in the black dirt
I did not make mud statues against the wall
I did not create a guerrilla garden

that's the bank door I did not brick up
that's the graffiti I did not dab
that's the plastic mask I did not wear
that's the bridge I did not blockade

that's the window where I watched it happen
saw the carnival costumes, heard the chanting
that's the office where I was typing letters

that was the riot — I did not join

  • “May Anti-Capitalist Riots, London*.” Growing Up Girl Anthology. Washington, DC: Girl Child Press, 2006. 



Lunar Republic


Tranquility, not even a draft, a stir
I bounce up the curved viewing dome
a slight current brushes my cheek.

I am stunned by the magnificent desolation
a thousand nameless shades of purple
the blackness falling on forever.

I want a tree to scrape my nail against
the waxy underside of a leaf.  It is all man here
or dead regolith dusty and inert over the rille.

I float but my mind is heavy with the empty
echo, noise hollow against hard surfaces
outside deep chasma, a desert with no sand.
We do not belong here. 

  • “Lunar Republic.” From the Page to the Stage. Ann Arbor, MI: Wordsmith Press, 2003.


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