On this particular day, however, he appeared to be especially tired and had fallen asleep. There was something about the ability to watch him without his knowledge that planted the idea in my head that this was a foreshadowing of his death.
From my vantage point on the floral sofa, I could see through the sliding glass doors onto the patio and out into the wintry backyard. Although the television was on, I was able to block it out, having entered that poetry zone that only those who write will be able to understand.
I once attended a workshop with Ted Kooser. I asked him how he knew what to put include in a poem and what to leave out. His advice was to put everything into it and then whittle away, little by little. With this poem, I had to work on both adding and subtracting.
Her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including (Harper/Collins) and (Indiana Historical Society Press).
She was named the winner of the 2012 Writers Digest Poetry Competition. Her chapbook, (Finishing Line Press), was a finalist for the 2015 Oklahoma Book Award, as well as winner of the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Poetry Book Prize. Her work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors of
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