FALL 2009

Joan Poulson


 In the café
I read
of white orchards

but colour is
on my mind

and a canvas

I dip a brush
In dove blue paint

of the sky
in Florence last week

blue as blossoming water

draw the brush
the canvas
top to bottom
raised a little
on the right

paint scarcely making
a mark.

Now - the white
my brush almost dry
eased down the canvas

and generous

like a hand
enjoying the shoulders
and back
of a beautiful stranger.

Joan Poulson, poet & childrens writer, trained as a ceramicist, has collaborated with artists across genres, held several land art residencies & is keen to make more work outdoors. She fantasizes about living close to the sea, has enjoyed work where she could celebrate her love of nature: by the sea in California, the high desert of New Mexico & country parks, rural regions of the U.K. Her most recent publication is a pamphlet with drawings in Japanese water-colour by Elizabeth Stuart-Smith (Flarestack 2008). Joan is currently working on a full collection of poetry for adults.




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