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International Praise for “Believing the Body”

I felt so honored to receive these words about “Believing the Body” from my friend and inspiration, Bahareh Amidi. Joanne’s poetry reminds me of life and death and everything in between; from the cry of a child, to the making of oatmeal, the wonder of seeing a deer, the touch of a wound and the…Read More »



Poetry Book Launch – Believing the Body

Hear the story of how the book was created and all the people the poems honor. Joanne will read selected poems. Believing the Body, published by Gribble Press in Spokane, contains 24 poems. Some feature patients Joanne has cared for and their caregivers. Others address man’s place in the universe. The book was edited and…Read More »

Joanne the Poet - Believing the Body book launch - Lunch & Poetry event



New Poetry Book Arrives – Believing the Body

Announcing the arrival of my chapbook, Believing the Body, published by Gribble Press in Spokane! It contains 24 poems and was beautifully designed and edited by artist-poet Iris Gribble-Neal. The book moves from the universal with, “The Planet Shakespeare,” into the more personal. It includes 4 poems inspired by my dear friend and mentor Dr….Read More »

Believing the Body - Joanne M. Clarkson



Garbage Can Scrap Time

More than twenty years ago, when I worked for a library system in Illinois, we were required to attend a ‘time management’ workshop.  Nobody was looking forward to it expecting to be bored senseless.  Yet is has become the only training session I remember from all my Corn Belt years. After we were seated in…Read More »

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