Haibun posted at haijinx

Just a quick note to say that my haibun, “Against the Cold,” has been posted in the December issue of haijinx. You can see it here:

As a postscript to my just-previous entry, I am recovering well from my hysterectomy on 10/28. I continue to be very grateful both for my ongoing and good healing, and for the excellent pathology that indicated I am fine now and will continue to be fine—no follow-up treatment needed. I have much to be grateful for this holiday season!

Speaking of the holidays, I had a lovely Thanksgiving with family and am now looking forward to Christmas, and then to my two-week residency at VCCA mid-January. So though we are in the time of growing dark as we approach the Winter Solstice, let us all remember to count our blessings and be light for one another this time of year.

About penhart

I am a poet and writer, published widely in journals and anthologies, and my literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in "Contemporary Authors." My poems have recently appeared in "Rattle" ,"Tiferet," and "U.S. 1 Worksheets". Work has also appeared in "The Valparaiso Poetry Review," and "Umbrella." Recent books include 'One Bowl" (2012); "Recycling Starlight" (2010); and "The Night Marsh" (2008).. Earlier collections include "Along River Road"; "Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth"; and "Buried in the Sky." My illustrated alphabestiary for children, "The Beastie Book," was published in the December, 2009, by Shenanigan Books. I have won three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for my work in the anthology "American Nature Writing 2002." I was invited to be a "featured poet" and read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, and was awarded a residency / fellowship for January, 2011, at VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts." I live in the South Jersey shore area, and work as a visiting poet in the schools through programs sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and various other agencies. I'm still fairly new at blogging and hope to add more graphics, etc., as I learn more.
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2 Responses to Haibun posted at haijinx

  1. lamont b. steptoe says:

    Hi,Penny! I want to thank you for sending such a heartfelt Holiday message! I was moved by your openess and my thoughts and prayers will continually be with you as you navigate your life without Bill. As far as the Cancer thing is concerned I just lost my sister two years ago to pancreatic cancer. What Western medicine doesn’t mention is that all disease has a psychosomatic component and for the cancer not to return one must dramatically change one’s way of thinking as well as diet. I speak from the viewpoint of being a reiki practioner for over a decade. I want to encourage you to avail yourself of reiki and its benefits if you haven’t or don’t know about it. It is considered to be an “energy medicine” and many Western medical practitioners are embracing it once they become aware of its potency. If you have any questions or comments,please feel free to get back to me.

    merry Christmas & Happy New Year


  2. penhart says:

    Thanks so much, Lamont, for your caring and concern. I do know about reiki and may well avail myself of it. As for my thinking, my cancer mindset is that it’s gone and won’t return. The area involved was very minimal. And I count my blessings daily!

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