...In the shipyard vessels slip the cradle,
miraculously floating as once your ribs
voyaged above my heart, I your Arafura.
My curious hands caress absence                        
as it chimes the hours. Sixteen bells. 

—from "Widow's Walk" by Jeanne Julian

Forthcoming in Naugatuck River Review

"One in Every Crowd" and "Bench, Casco Bay" were in the monochrome series of images included in my gallery space at Community Artists Gallery and Studios, an artisan co-op in New Bern. The gallery was destroyed by flood waters in Hurricane Florence, but setting our sights on re-opening in a new downtown location. 

​​Quote of the Month

“Faith and hope, yes. Charity, no. At least not toward your own material. When you see little spots on the cabbage, throw it out. Ruthlessness, like charity, begins at home. This is a hard one to learn. Robert Lowell was a great writing teacher because he wasn't shy about telling people hard truths about their own poems. Of a seventeen line effort: 'I think this is a marvelous poem. Cut the first sixteen lines and go from there.'”

—Stanley Plumly

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- My first full-length collection, Light Source, has been accepted for publication by The Poetry Box Select. Excited!

- "Widow's Walk" was chosen as a finalist in Naugatuck River Review's 10th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest. This delights me because it's one of the first journals to publish one of my poems. And, it's out of our old stomping grounds, Western Massachusetts. The editor, Lori Desrosiers, is a fine poet in her own right, and the contest judge was Allison Joseph. The poem will be published in the Review's winter/spring 2019 contest issue, which will be out in January. 

- My latest chapbook, Relic and Myth, was released by Prolific Press in November 2018. 

Amber Flora Thomas read from her new collection of poetry, Red Channel in the Rupture (Red Hen Press) at the East Carolina University library, and since Amber served as final judge for the North Carolina Literary Review's 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition, I was invited along with the another honorable-mention recipient, Melinda Thomsen, to read our chosen poems. Mine's called "Prelude to Lust" (it's since been revised!).

- Joseph Mills, a poet whom I admire, chose my poem "How to Walk the Cables on the Golden Gate Bridge (in Fog) in Ten Easy Steps" to receive an honorable mention in the Craven Arts Council/Bank of the Arts ekphrastic competition that accompanied its national juried exhibition this fall. 

- Safe from Hurricane Florence, having left home. Shocked at the devastation in my city of New Bern, saddened by the hardships and tragedy in the storm's wake.

High Desert Journal will publish "Monument Maker."

Jeanne Julian

Poetry.  Photography.


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