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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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The Atrocity Book
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The Wingback Chair
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How The Sky Begins To Fall
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The Lonely Hearts Killers
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Properties of Matter
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The Boundary Waters
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Bittersweet
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A WOMAN SCORNED (Poetry)
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Description: Winner of the Goodreads Poetry Contest, April 2013
Fugue with Two Crows (Poetry)
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Brooms (Poetry)
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Deja Vu (Poetry)
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Journalism 101 (Poetry)
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Call the Midwife Boxed Set by Jennifer Worth
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Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason
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These stories show Mason as a fine successor to the southern tradition of Flannery O’Conner. Terrific stuff!
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A tremendously readable story of three sisters growing up in Rhodesia in the 50’s and 60’s. Family turmoil disrupts their lives—their mother’s mental illness, their father’s new wife and prosperity that culminates with bankruptcy and suicide as the c...more
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Wolf Hall / Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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An exemplary sequel to Wolf Hall told through the viewpoint of Thomas Cromwell. Mantell has mastered the technique of using language that is not archaic but catches the flavor of the period, quite a feat.
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Faint April light.
The stout woman on the porch
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