My poem, “Survivor,” was just published in Volume 33 2016 of Emrys Journal published by the Emrys Foundation in Greenville, SC. It received the Nancy Dew Taylor Award given to one writer “for excellence in the art of poetry.” The journal is beautiful and I am so pleased this poem, about a friend of mine who lost her mother as a child, received recognition. The poem is, of course, also about me since I lost my father in a similar way. Losing a parent as a child always leaves a mark.
My poem, “Grief Code,” has just appeared in issue #4 of Perfume River Poetry Review. It is another nursing poems. The print issue is beautiful but an electronic copy is also available for download at http://touranepoetrypress.com.
The theme of this issue is “A New Philosophy.” The Vuong Quoc Vu, the editor, states in his introduction:
I am proud and thankful to have my voice included in this wonderful collection of poems.
My poem, “Swedish Spoon” appears in the May 2016 issue of Literary Mama. It is a multi-generational poem with my granddaughter discovering my grandmother’s heirloom spoon. Since this journal is online, readers can enjoy the poem with just a click! Website is http://www.literarymama.com/
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The theme for this issue is “Light,” and the journal includes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, photos and artwork on this topic. The cover features candles. I first wrote this poem in The City of Light, Paris, in 2010, after visiting the Salvador Dali Museum. Dali has a number of depictions of the Icarus myth and I felt inspired to explore what would have happened if Icarus had a sister. I have revised this piece several times over the years and am so glad it found a home. The journal accepts work by women, has a small submission fee and donates to causes important to women, suicide prevention for this issue. Thank you, Emily Shearer and Kim Brown for publishing my poem!
First Place Winner! My poem, “Klotho the Fibre Goddess Describes Fate,” was chosen by Northern Colorado Writers to receive their $1,000 prize this year. This is by far the most money I have ever received for a poem. It appeared in “Pooled Ink,” the group’s journal of contest winners. Prizes were also given for fiction and non-fiction and runners-up were included. This is a poem I have worked on for a long time. I received an Artists Trust grant in the Fall of 2014 to complete a full-length volume of poetry. As I worked through my new book and especially as I prepared to attend the Colrain Conference last June that focuses on putting a book of poems together, the focus of my book shifted from grief to fate. The book has three sections, the first headed by Klotho the spinner and this is her poem.
Two of my poems recently appeared in Volume 2, 2016, of this journal that describes itself as “a national journal of women’s health, history, education and transformation.” It is co-published by the English Department at Texas A & M University and the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation. My poem, “Donation,” is about a woman finding a beautiful coat at a Thrift store and musing about why it was donated there. The other poem, “All the Horses Are Dying,” is about a patient of mine who raised horses. So honored to have my work in this lovely publication.
A Journal of Literary & Visual Arts, Fall 2015 issue includes my poem, “The Breath Mirror.” This magazine is published by the Medical University of SUNY. The poem was inspired by my stepdad’s sister, Aunt Sophie’s, stories about being a nurse in the 1930’s and riding with an elderly physician in a horse-and-buggy to make house calls. So grateful to have my work included in this beautifully printed journal that includes lots of original artwork besides non-fiction and stories.
I am so excited to have a poem and a recipe in A Taste of Poetry, released September 2015 by the Walt Whitman birthplace association. My poem is titled: “In Praise of Honey,” and the recipe is for my Homemade Honey Granola. What a great idea to honor this quintessential American poet who tasted all aspects of life!