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Poetic Life Themes: Lilacs

Whenever I think of lilacs, I think about the story my father told me that is depicted in my poem “The Lingering Scent of Eternal Junes.” Lilacs rarely bloom as early as April where I live, unlike T. S. Eliot’s home state of Missouri. (I lived in Missouri during my […]

2020 Treasures: Themes

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 […]

Living in Color

When I was in third grade, I wrote my first poem–a haiku about the color yellow. I’m certain I did not choose the theme color of my poem because yellow has never been my favorite color. I remember struggling with yellow things I liked and words that fit the 5-7-5 […]

Where Dreams Abide

Penny J. Johnson’s third collection of poetry invites readers into virtual rooms echoing with voices that developed the author’s past, consume the present, and anticipate the future. These reflections ignite poetic interest and inspire joy through sorrow. Welcome to a reading tour of family stories, kitchen conversations, camping adventures, care-giving […]