Friday, January 12, 2007

TGIF Jan. 12 Janet Grace Riehl

TGIF January 12 and Yvonne Perry has uploaded her interview with Janet Grace Riehl

Janet Riehl is an award-winning author, speaker, and creativity coach. Her poems, stories, and essays are widely published in national literary magazines. Janet’s work appears in three anthologies. She is 2006 finalist for Poet Laureate of Lake County, California. Her memoir of six generations told in story poems is Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary.

Click here to listen to Part 1...

In our interview on Writers in the Sky Podcast, Janet and I discuss how she got started as a writer and how she published her book of poetry through a print-on-demand POD.

Visit Janet's website here...


Crocus
by Janet Grace Riehl

I offer her the first crocus.
Purple in a red-orange vase.
“That was Mom’s,” she said.
Yes. Francoma.
Cousin Cynthia showed me how to spot it.
Highly collectible.
An amphora crested with spring.

She draws closer to inspect it.
Tips it up to drink the water.
She starts to nibble the leaves and blossoms.
Flowers, Mom. To look at.

But, what if essence of crocus
surging through her bloodstream
is exactly what she needs?

Learn how Janet started writing poetry after the tragic death of her beloved sister, and how she published her book through iuniverse.com. In Part 2, you will enjoy hearing Janet read a selection of her poetry.
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1 comment:

Neal B. said...

Janet Grace Riehl's poems are beautiful.

And the podcast is right, about poems and other types of writing: The more specific you get in describing one person, one life ... the more universal you become. We can't all identify with "humankind" but we can all identify with an old man, like an old king, getting older.

I'm listening to the podcast while going through a difficult time of my own, and these poems rook me out of myself and the little situation I'm in. It's always a good thing to experience a little bit the lives of others, and be reminded of the reality of others.