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. Jess Spielholz, 8 based on patients I have cared for, 2 about their wonderful caregivers. The rest have to do with themes around my own family and my own life experience.
I wrote these partly in answer to the question, posed by poet Walt Whitman, which serves as the frontpiece: “And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul?” Through my nursing I have learned a lot about both. Those I work with and serve inspire me every day. I hope my poetry is a tribute to those who have found joy in the most unlikely circumstances. And a call to each of us every day to “wake/ into an unknown love.”
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Joanne M. Clarkson
PO BOX 12328
Olympia, WA 98508