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Two New Poems Out in the World!

 

I'm tickled to announce the publication of two new poems!

 

As a formerly obsessive doomscroller, I'm thrilled that I no longer feel compelled to check the news every few hours. "What Shall We Do After Doomscrolling?" appeared in the Poems of the Week of Light: A Journal of Light Verse since 1992. 

 

"Paper-Free Plea" is on page 43 of the Winter 2021 issue of the SCBWI Bulletin. Only SCBWI members can view it, so I'm posting it here, too.

 

Paper-Free Plea

 

For umpty-some years as a writer,
I scribbled my stanzas in pen,
filled notebooks I bought by the dozen,
then printed again and again.

 

I wrote on both sides of the paper,
recycled so diligently.
In spite of my Earth-friendly efforts,
somebody chopped down a tree.

 

My memory's not what it once was,
but lately, I've learned a new trick:
I dictate my drafts and revisions.
The software's convenient and quick!

 

Technology's always improving.
So sad the environment's worse.
Let's help make the world a bit greener
while drafting our stories and verse.

 

JoAnn Early Macken

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#SaferAtHomePoem No. 29 (April 21, 2020)

 

what to do with these
clenched fists--write poetry,
sew face masks, plant seeds

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