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- A new anthology, My Cityline from Wingless Dreamer, includes my poem "Watershed Trail."
- "Trust" is forthcoming in the June 2022 issue of The Orchards Poetry Review.
- In October 2021, poet, naturalist, and physician Bill Griffin of Elkin, NC, shared a few of my poems on his blog, accompanying his enchanting photographs: Griffin~Poetry: v e r s e – and – i m a g e.
- Check out the 2021 wine-themed poems at Judd's Hill winery, including contest winner "Under the Veil" by Ryan Voss―and my poem too, about grape-growing in an inhospitable climate (like, for instance, Maine). A toast [🍷] to the winery for sponsoring a poetry competition for over 15 years!
- The Topsham, Maine, Public Library has chosen "Angel of the Sensual" as recipient of the Margaret F. Tripp Poetry Award in its annual "Joy of the Pen" competition.
- It was a fun surprise to see Shuly Cawood's name among the contributors to Bacopa Literary Review 2021 (pictured at left) which also includes one of my poems. She leads Let's Write Together!, twice-a-month, hour-long, online generative writing sessions that have been most welcome, welcoming, and inspiring over these past months. Congratulations, Shuly! Mysterious story!
Coiled Line, Monhegan Island, Maine
Here's a video of my poem "The Color of It" that's in included in the anthology From Pandemic to Protest, released fall 2021 from The Poetry Box.
Kettle Cove Bridge, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
...this trail cleared by those who value
stewardship and the solace of striding sheltered
amid hemlocks and red maples, by those who built bridges
by Jeanne Julian, from "Watershed Trail," forthcoming in
the anthology My Cityline.
December Snow, Peaks Island, Maine
Quotations for writers
"Reflecting on [the film] Josie and the Pussycats, [Rax] King attempts to delineate between good works of art and perfect ones. ‘The good is tasteful,’ she writes. ‘You can see that thought has gone into it. It is carefully layered, and so lends itself nicely to interpretation.’ Perfect art, King argues, resists such interpretation. It leans fully into the erotic. The perfect, in this account, is not perfect because it is flawless, but because it allows us to enjoy it on an emotional level, without obliging us to seek some greater emotional meaning…. [But] to my mind, a ‘perfect’ work of art is safe, strikes all the expected themes and hedges itself against criticism. A good piece of art dares to be interesting, flaws and all. In this sense, it’s often the good that speaks to us best when the perfect rebuffs our attention, our desire to make it our own. It’s why I’ll always love the singer-songwriter with the warbly, imperfect voice over the flawless pop star, or the novelist who’s a fantastic prose stylist over the best-selling thriller writer.“
— Marin Cogan, The Washington Post
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