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ISBN 978-1-7321705-0-6 (Hardcover), ISBN 978-1-7321705-1-3 (Paperback)

Library of Congress Control Number:  2018903962

Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks

A lyrical ambrosia of poetic writings and captivating photographs

by JoAnn Lord Koff

  • Two formats: Deluxe Hardcover and Paperback!
  • The hardcover version features archival quality photo paper, and will be signed before shipping out!
  • Both versions are 116 pages long, including 89 poems and over 60 vivid photographs!
  • Paperback version also available at Amazon!
  • Preview the book below!



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“This poet paints with words and each painting is breathtaking. This collection of work is a must for any American poetry enthusiast.”

—Liz Cartwright, Creative Director at TBWA\Chiat\Day

Can you find the book there on the shelf?

Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks is currently available at these fine booksellers:

The Variety Store in Ocracoke, NC

Books to be Red in Ocracoke, NC

Prospero’s Books in Manassas

Prince William County Public Library

Also, our wonderful printer, Bookmobile in Minneapolis, featured the book on their website in a post that highlights the beautiful work that they do (see our book on the right side, in the middle?). Check out their post here!

About the Book

Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks will be on permanent display in Carnegie Hall at the University of Lynchburg, Koff’s alma mater. This collection houses other faculty, student, and alumni publications.

“Love lives in moments, not time,” reads the soulful line in JoAnn Lord Koff’s first book, Sand, Pebbles, Fossils, and Rocks, one that pierces in its poignant insight and honesty. This book is expressive of the many commonalities that the poet has encountered as a woman, in particular, and—in a larger sense—as an American and a member of the global community.    

Some poems found voice while Koff was in college, but the remainder cover a microcosm of topics, past and present, from the perspective of an individual who feels deeply about:

  • the world
  • justice
  • feminism
  • religion
  • love
  • nature
  • and family

Adjoining many poems is her original, timeless photography which connects the images to her heartfelt vision within the poem—a vision of the majestic beauty that surrounds us. Readers are lead to candid new discoveries. From the poem, “Mrs.”:

I declare to sandwich myself, as Lord

Of my own square footage,

No longer in uniformity

And free to be me.

This stanza speaks to her heart for two reasons. First, women have for centuries lived in the borders of men’s histories and not their own identities; this must cease. Second, we need to develop, unbound by any and all shackles, insecurities, or margins, so we may reach our full potential. By making ourselves better, we make the world better.

View a Sample

Here’s a sample, including a few poems and photographs from the book! Also, of note, is the Table of Contents here, which shows the titles of all the amazing poems in the book. Just hit the “Click to read” button!

Also, read JoAnn’s thoughts on poetry, and another sample poem, “Mrs.

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