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Oct.

19

2014

Hunger Mountain

Hunger Mountain published my poem, “Hermit Crab Changes Her Shell,” online in their Fall 2014 “Firsts” issue. Go to http://hungermtn.org/ to read it.

Oct.

11

2014

Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine

Two of my poems, “The Left Shoe,” and “Metastasis,” appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. This is a beautifully designed and edited journal. This is the 14th edition of this annual publication. Both of these poems are about courageous patients that I had the privilege to serve.

Oct.

02

2014

Pulse—Voices From the Heart of Medicine

Pulse—Voices From the Heart of Medicine, featured my poem, “Teaching the Wound,” the Friday before Christmas. This is another journal offering free email subscriptions. Each Friday a new poem, story or non-fiction piece arrives! The journal archives everything so writings are always available by going to www.pulsevoices.org. The website offers links to other journals that publish writing focusing on health, by healthcare providers, patients, families and caregivers.

Sep.

29

2014

Saranac Review

“Birth of the North Wind” and “Old Growth” in Saranac Review, Tenth Anniversary Issue, 2014.

Jul.

26

2014

Perfume River Poetry Review

The Goodbye Skin. Perfume River Poetry Review, Issue 2: Ars Erotica, 2014. This is another beautiful, tasteful, sensitive collection produced by Vuong Quoc Vu, editor of Tourane Press. My poem is another ‘true’ one about a hospice patient’s wife. I didn’t see these people very many times. He had a horribly painful nerve disease that during the final stages made touch excruciating. After he passed, she asked for a few moments to lie beside him, something she had not been able to do for a long time. This journal is available at Tourane Press, P.O. Box 2192, Cupertino, CA 95015-2192 or visit www.touranepoetrypress.wordpress.com

Jun.

15

2014

Pudding Magazine

“Auditioning Sisters,” “Thoroughbred” and “Wearing the Clothes of the Dead” in Pudding Magazine, #62.

Apr.

15

2014

Rhino

The Mannequin’s Comb. Rhino: The Poetry Forum 2014.  Joanne’s poem, “The Mannequin’s Comb,” just appeared in the annual edition of this journal which is published in Evanston, Illinois.  It begins: “This morning I washed a dying woman’s hair.”  Joanne wrote it after one such encounter.  The poem includes references to her granddaughter, Bliss, and to her grandmother who, besides being a psychic, made women’s hats.  There is so much about being a woman that goes beyond vanity.  The poem is about the subtleties of how we appear to and for each other.

Apr.

01

2014

Gribble Press

Believing the Body. Gribble Press 2014. This beautifully designed chapbook contains 24 poems that reflect the author’s experience as a nurse with themes around courage in the face of suffering. These poems also attempt to answer the larger question of man’s place in the universe.

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