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THE TIMELESS POETRY OF CECILY CROSSMAN

By FRANCISCO GONZALEZ

Central Florida author Cecily Crossman is back in print. A collection of her poetry, originally written in the 1960s and 1970s, was just released. In a year that has seen much suffering and division, her book, appropriately titled New Day, will bring laugh-out-loud laughter to all people. Her late husband, civil rights leader Ken Crossman, was known locally for decades here in Central Florida for bringing people together across racial divisions. Crossman’s book is now poised to unite people through many smiles. There are also heart-warming poems that might make some cry, and others that will make many see a little bit of themselves. The collection was ranked as Amazon’s number one new release in its first week. That should bring pride to all who champion the legacy of a great many authors in Central Florida’s history. “After 50 plus years I was encouraged by friends and family to add a few new poems and republish New Day. It’s very gratifying to see how it has been received,” said Crossman. Of course, it may have been best received by her children, including local businessman and philanthropist John Crossman, who simply said, “I’m proud of my mom.” We are too. New Day is priced at $9.98 on Amazon and is also available at Barnes and Noble. It will make a great gift for any season. If Cecily Crossman’s poetry could get her and others through the turbulent unrest of the 1960s and 1970s, surely it will help us all get through the strange year of 2020, proving the timelessness of her work.

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