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Joanne the Poet - The Poetry of Joanne M. Clarkson

Baltimore Review’s Winter 2015

My poem, “The Stone Masons,” won the Baltimore Review’s Winter 2015 contest!  I wrote the poem after visiting Reardan, the small town in Eastern Washington where my grandfather and great uncle grew up — and built a small, stone church.  My quiet, strong grandfather has long been something of a mystery to me, more so since he suffered from severe dementia at the end of his life.  This poem is a tribute to him as well as Uncle Ted was one of the finest men I have every known.  You can both read and hear the poem at http://baltimorereview.org

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