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Joanne the Poet - The Poetry of Joanne M. Clarkson


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.

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