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My newest book is in essence my oldest book, in that it includes poems from all my previous books. With the exception of "Dead Horses" which was published in 2012, the earlier books stem from the late 70's--mid 80's, so it is exciting to think they may find a new audience.

Why such a time gap? Although I have continued through the years to write and publish poems in journals, in 1983 I took a jo... Read more of this blog post »
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Joan Colby: Selected Poems
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Dead Horses
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Bittersweet
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The Wingback Chair
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The Atrocity Book
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Ah Clio
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How The Sky Begins To Fall
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The Boundary Waters
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NANA SESTINA (Poetry)
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A WOMAN SCORNED (Poetry)
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Description: Winner of the Goodreads Poetry Contest, April 2013
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A group of slightly interrelated stories, some better than others as is usually the case. My favorites were Bravery and Forebearance.
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The series starring Hamish Macbeth is just as entertaining, if not moreso, than Beaton’s Agatha Raisin books. A good part of the charm of the Macbeth mysteries is the description of the Scottish Highlands and their dwellers.
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Annotated version of the original ms. written by Laura Ingalls Wilder which was later developed in the series of Little House books by Wilder with her daughter Rose Lane. The original memoir was written for adults and was much more forthright than th ...more
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Gabriel: A Poem
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An extended and heart-rending poem that traces the life and death of a son.
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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
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