Like Walt Whitman, I find inspiration for writing poetry when reading scripture. As I have been reading about Whitman, this poem I wrote in college and published in a series poem within The Last Time We Were Children kept coming to mind. I think, by the words of scripture that […]
During my mentorship with poet Jim Moore, I wrote this poem based on the title from Tomas Tranströmer’s “April and Silence.” While my poem and Tranströmer’s are different in their themes, this title is often one that comes to mind during the month of April.
The poem “Kyrie” by Tomas Tranströmer entered my life when I read it in college. But, it became a transformative influence on my poetry after my middle son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2001. Since then I have written two poems based on this poem–one using the title […]
Robert Frost’s poetry inspired me when I was a teenager and continues to do so in my current age. His work has inspired my own from my first poem “Homeward Bound” to “Streets” to “Unleashed.” I hope you have enjoyed learning more about Robert Frost and how his poetry might […]
Whenever I am asked where my writing ideas come from, I tend to say, “Life.” There are themes I notice that repeat themselves just as there are words that with a mention take me back to where I’ve been and give hints as to where I might be going. The […]
Confession: I don’t write every day. Sometimes there are no words. I mean, I can’t find them anywhere. Trust me, I’ve even looked under the couch. Maybe they are in the vacuum, and I threw them away with the dust bunnies. But, then sometimes, dust bunnies find their way into […]
Last week, I traveled with my husband and two of my sons to Crane Lake, Minnesota. The closer we got to our destination, the density of the trees increased, and our connection with the outside world weakened. This location is all about social distancing. Even if COVID-19 restrictions hadn’t limited […]
I love mentoring young writers. As a home educator and published writer, I’ve had several opportunities to read and teach young people through classes and one-on-one. But, sometimes in the course of lending my expertise, I learn about a new technique. Such was the case last week while I was […]
Through poetry, Penny J. Johnson explores memories from childhood like this one in “Chicken a la King.” But, The Last Time We Were Children is more than remembering. Her poems describe descending sledding hills, climbing mountains, and playing in fields and fairgrounds. They also profoundly cast light—both with humor and […]
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