Another Poem Posted This Morning

I’m blessed to have another poem of mine appearing on-line. This morning, Jama Rattigan is featuring a poem of mine, “Your Grandmother’s Whisk”. I wrote it last February in response to a wonderful writing prompt by my poet friend Diane Lockward—asking us to write about a tool we used. It’s wonderful how objects carry memories for us, some things passing from generation to generation. After I wrote the poem and its accompanying memories of Bill and his grandmother,  I made blueberry pancakes.

Here’s a link to the poem page. I’m glad that Jama chose to post it during October, the anniversary month of Bill’s death. I know he’s enjoying his grandmother’s blueberry pancakes and oatmeal cookies again. And I hope you enjoy the poem.

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 Another Poem Posted This Morning

  1. Your poem has all the elements I love — deep feeling, connected to something that others might not notice. I liked the pancakes, too. I’m sorry my comment at Jama’s was cut off. I think something happened when I logged in, though I’m not saying that I’ve never lost a thought halfway through! Best wishes for your wonderful work, and I’m glad poetry and time are proving healing. I’m glad you could get some warmth at dear Jama’s in what must be a difficult month.

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