Sunday, November 18, 2012

Glass Skin: Intimate Poetry by Janet Richards






Glass Skin 

Janet Richards’ poetry is quietly mesmerizing. This collection provides a carefully crafted balance between life experience and literature. The reader will be
lured in by her descriptions of the every day. She gives us the pulse of days and seasons, the give and
take of intimacy, and the bond of mother and child. These poems recognize and celebrate the subtle, organic signals of our daily lives







Glass Skin (2008 Hidden Brook Press)


Black Pottery and Batik

In Santa Cruz
shoulders already blistered 
by February sun
I watch Mexican children splash in pacific waves
laughter stolen by the breeze.
At the market full of trinkets
I am everyone's Amiga.

In La Crucecita
I marvel over silver and amethyst,
watch tourists and locals
from a bench in the plaza.
I pass on the mezcal
you sample at the factory.

Here the coffee and fruit are fresh
corner store beer is drunk
under shade of banana trees
while turkey vultures circle above the hill.
At the hotel we leave the windows open
listen to the songs of foreign birds
and kiss in the warmth.


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fireflies & faces in the flames

as june and july exchange niceties
fireflies flicker
otherworldly green

woodsmoke laces night air
faces rise and fade
orange and blue

tree spirits freed
from broken branches
burned in a circle of stones

loons call to them
ducks laugh like young girls from the point
clouds part slight pathways to the stars

the ground rustlecrunches alive
music drifts in waves from across the lake

just nod if you can hear me...


(Both of the above poems were written by Janet Richards. Please do not copy without written permission from the author: richards.janet@gmail.com)




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Reviews for Glass Skin - Janet Richards


This collection provides a carefully crafted balance between life experience and literature.
Janet Richards gives us the pulse of days and seasons, the give and take of intimacy, and the bond of mother and child. These poems recognize and celebrate the subtle, organic signals of our daily lives.

R.D. Roy, Panegyric Press

"Dragonfly nymphs stir in ever-warming water …"
Janet's observations glean, as though perched on top a tripod draped in a velvet cloak.

Jennifer Londry


Janet's poetry is quietly mesmerizing. You are lured in by her descriptions of the every day, and stay for the often bittersweet tang at the end. At once universal and extremely personal, they swirl
around in your mind long after the first reading is over.

Jennifer May,
Belleville Branch, Ontario Poetry Society

Janet Richards' book is a journey of imagery connected to the Bay of Quinte region; it also opens the reader's eyes to all of life's daily adventures. The sound of the poet's voice is often in a language that surprises. Glass Skin - a great addition to the Quinte literary landscape. Enjoy.

Mary Thomas
Journalist, Broadcaster, Author


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About the Author:

Janet Richards is a poet and journalist living in the Bay of Quinte region of Ontario. Her first book Glass Skin was published by Hidden Brook Press in 2008. Janet's work is also included in the anthologies Gas, Grass or Ass, Nobody Rides for Free; Brother, My Cup and Eyes of the Poet. She has also been published in Lady Jane's Miscellany, Gutter Eloquence Magazine and Burst! Janet shares her home with her husband, three daughters, and a changeable number of pets.

Contact for more information or signed copies of Glass Skin: richards.janet@gmail.com


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