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"Beach Vacation" in Wisconsin Poets Calendar 2020

Just received word that my poem “Beach Vacation” was accepted for the 2020 Wisconsin Poets Calendar.

I love the Poets Calendar. It’s a gathering of voices from all over the state and every year I look forward to reading poems by poets I’ve gotten to know. The editors try to match each poem to a season while also working around a theme. This theme is Going Places.

I wrote “Beach Vacation” while visiting my in-laws’ cottage shortly after my father-in-law’s funeral.  At the time, I was not aware that the poem was influenced at all by his death. I simply thought that I was describing what it was like to walk on the beach in a stiff wind.  Later, I saw otherwise. Poetry sometimes reveals the thoughts we have beneath the surface.  That’s one of its blessings. 

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