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Joanne the Poet - The Poetry of Joanne M. Clarkson

Sep

27

Into the Beauty

  One day during my Hospice years, my schedule included a patient usually assigned to another nurse who was now on vacation. The notes said that she was fine; resting comfortably and that this would be a routine visit. The Adult Family Home where she was spending her final days was quiet and clean. When…Read More »

Sep

09

Yes, Laura, There Is a Muse

Some poems are simply ‘received,’ gifts that match words to moment so perfectly it seems travesty to change even one. A friend in my writing group brought this up when discussing how we know when and what to edit. My immediate response to her was: “edit, edit, edit.” I tend to agonize over my own…Read More »

Jul

05

Thankful for Colrain Conference

In June I participated in a Colrain Conference in Truchas, New Mexico.  The Colrains, organized and directed by Joan Houlihan, occur several times a year in different locations around the country and focus on putting together and publishing a book-length collection of poetry.  Attending this event was one of my best decisions. Attendees were to…Read More »

Apr

26

The Poem’s Purpose

  Every so often I get stuck writing a poem that seems to have potential but just doesn’t develop.  I like some of the images and my word choices seem original, but I’m just not ‘in love’ with my poem. When this happens I have discovered that the reason is that I really don’t know…Read More »

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