Poem Published in December Issue of *Verse-Virtual*

I’m pleased to share that a poem of mine has just been posted in the December issue of Verse-Virtual: http://www.verse-virtual.com/penny-harter-2014-december.html

And here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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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7 Responses to Poem Published in December Issue of *Verse-Virtual*

  1. Bill Waters says:

    So powerful; so poignant! “Beyond the Mirror” addresses the theme of imminent loss in a way that leaves me feeling not merely sad, but also peaceful and curiously uplifted. Thank you.

  2. penhart says:

    Thanks you so much, Bill. Your response honors me. Of course I wrote it about my late husband, Bill Higginson, when he was in the ICU the week before he died (in 2008).

    • Bill Waters says:

      Yes, I thought so… It’s very brave of you to share that moment!
      (Incidentally, I, like so many, many other haiku poets, got my start from The Haiku Handbook. It’s a wonderful legacy!)

  3. penhart says:

    Again, thanks so much! You may know of *Recycling Starlight*, my book of poems charting my grief during the first 18 months after Bill died. It’s o/p now (with Ce Rosenow’s Mountains & Rivers Press), but some of that work is repeated in my newest book from her, and in my Snapshot Press on-line collection of haibun, *One Bowl*.
    And thanks for your noting *The Haiku Handbook*. I’m so glad it helped you get started. It is a significant part of Bill’s profound legacy in the worldwide haiku community.

    I just visited two of your links and really admire your haiku, Bill. I’m glad to have had a reason to see more of it. If you click on the various links on my blog (scrolling down) you’ll see links to many of my recent free verse and haibun publications. Hope you enjoy! And I hope you and yours have a fine holiday season!

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