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Joanne Clarkson Shares Her Practice of Poetry and Several of Her Poems — 7 Comments

  1. Where did my comment go? Not straight to YouTube, I hope. I can’t find it! A 6-minute poem to the both of you for such an EXCITING interview!!

    • No worries. It did go to YouTube because you commented there rather than on our Writing It Real article. I copied it for you to post here:
      “Ah, Joanne Clarkson! How exciting! You and Sheila gave me permission to bound out of bed and write this poem! I’m for bounding out of bed (like Ray Bradbury) and moving to my keyboard. (remember this prompt Sheila?)

      ““Ah, Joanne Clarkson!
      How exciting!
      You and Sheila
      gave me permission
      to bound out of bed
      and write this poem!
      I’m for bounding out of bed
      (like Ray Bradbury)
      and moving to my keyboard.
      (remember this prompt Sheila?)
      But First
      I have to disarm the alarm
      and then,
      start the Keurig coffee
      and then
      open the Northroom blinds
      to check the watering system.
      Yes.
      I’ll bound out of bed,
      and adopt your routine
      of writing this poem.
      But first
      I have to exercise and stretch
      my body to meet the special needs
      of my Parkinson’s regimen.
      “Hurry, Sam,” says my muse
      or you’ll lose those thoughts
      those precious first lines
      those precious six minutes
      that excited you
      as you bounded out of bed.

      Sam, I am excited that this interview inspired you!

  2. Having just watched/listened to you and Joanne, here I am again, Sheila.
    This is just a pleasure, a good back and forth, a comfortable conversation
    that was (sorry, but the word ‘meaty’ just arrived). And several times I forgot
    that I was not ‘in there with you two,’ with my laughing aloud, my nodding my head
    ‘oh, yes, I like those ‘best of the year’ poetry books, too, and honestly at the end
    when Joanne read the granddaughter/reading poem I raised my hands over my keyboard beginning to applaud. (remember my poem ‘Muted,’ that you helped me with — Guess I just can’t be muted) So here’s my applause to you and Joanne Clarkson !!!
    P.S. “Muted” will appear in Schuylkill Valley Review (Ty) Xo

    • Congratulations on the publication of your poem, Nancy. I am very pleased that you felt you were in the “room” with Joanne and me and enjoyed the conversation. I too think the poem about her granddaughter learning to read is a knockout!

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