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Poems on death, grief, and gratitPoems on death, grief, and gratitude written from the shoreline of Connecticut and the wide and windswept beaches of Cape Cod.

Reflecting on the sudden loss of a close friend, author Jen Payne looks to the solace of nature. On the opening pages, she allows the poet Rilke to remind the reader “Through the empty branches the sky remains. It is what you have. Be earth now, and evensong. Be the ground lying under that sky.” WaitingOut the Storm is an intimate look at life transitions and how we cope with the unexpected.

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Jen Payne has published four books: LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness (2014), Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind (2017), FLOSSSING (2019), and Waitingout the Storm (2019). Installations of her poetry were featured in exhibitions at the Arts Council of…

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New Poetry Chapbook Explores Death, Grief & Gratitude

Three Chairs Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of its newest book, Waiting out the Storm, a collection of poems about death, grief, and gratitude by Branford writer Jen Payne.

Reflecting on the sudden loss of a close friend, Payne returns, as she does in her past books LOOK UP! and Evidence of Flossing, to the solace of nature. On the opening pages, she allows the poet Rilke to remind the reader “Through the empty branches the sky remains. It is what you have. Be earth now, and evensong. Be the ground lying under that sky.” Written from the shoreline of Connecticut and the wide and windswept beaches of Cape Cod, this book is an intimate look at life transitions and how we cope with the unexpected.

Payne is the owner of Words by Jen, a graphic design and marketing company in Branford. She has published four books: LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness (2014), Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind (2017), FLOSSSING (2019), and Waiting out the Storm (2019). Installations of her poetry were featured in exhibitions at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and the Kehler Liddell Gallery (New Haven). Her work has been published by The Aurorean, Six Sentences, the Story Circle Network, and WOW! Women on Writing; in the international anthology Coffee Poems: Reflections on Life with Coffee; and in The Perch, a publication by the Yale Program for Recovery & Community Health. She is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild, the Connecticut Poetry Society, Guilford Art Center, and the New Haven Arts Council.

Copies of Waiting Out the Storm (5.5 x 8.5, paperback, 44 pages, $15.00) may be purchased at the Martha Link Walsh Gallery in Branford, and online from Three Chairs Publishing, www.3chairspublishing.com.

Author photo by Christine Chiocchio.

Labor of Love and a New Book

Three Chairs Publishing is pleased to present our newest title:

WAITING OUT THE STORM
Poetry by Jennifer A. Payne
5.5 x 8.5, Paperback, 44 pages
$15.00 (plus tax + shipping)

“Not till we are lost, in other words not till
we have lost the world, do we begin to find
ourselves, and realize where we are
and the infinite extent of our relations.”
— Henry David Thoreau

Poems on death, grief, and gratitude, written from the shoreline of Connecticut and the wide and windswept beaches of Cape Cod. Dedicated to the memory of MaryAnne Siok.

18 – This is me

Molted self,
a variation discarded
on this wide expanse
of storm-washed beach,
where winds give and take
and waves give and take

am I the given or the taken?

how does one know
it’s time to change?
make one’s way
from this to that,
from here to there.
what is the calling that says
writhe out of these confines
wade back in — raw and ready
for surely this is the raw state
shorn of the old, naked and exposed
lacking familiar comfort
save for legs that move me
ever forward,
this blue ocean in my veins.

 

Poem ©2019, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month #18 and NaPoWriMo poem. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey. #NaPoWriMo. For more poetry by Jen Payne, purchase a copy of Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind! BUY THE BOOK TODAY!

17 – I’ll Take B Words for $200, Alex

Balanced
Balmy
Ballsy
Bangin’

Beaming

Beauteous……..Beautified……..Beautiful

Becoming
Beguiling
Bejeweled

Beloved

Beneficial
Benevolent
Best.…….Better
Bewitching
Big-hearted

Blessed.

Blissful
Blooming
Bodacious
BOLD

Bootylicious
……..Bouncy

Boundless
Bountiful

Brave
Brazen
Breathtaking

Bright
Brill
Brimming

Brisk
Broad
Bubbly
Buoyant
Burly
Bustling

Brilliant?

 

Poem ©2019, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month #17 and NaPoWriMo poem. IMAGE: Theme & Variations Decorative Plate #363 (Bee on Nose), Fornasetti. #NaPoWriMo. For more poetry by Jen Payne, purchase a copy of Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind! BUY THE BOOK TODAY!

16 – Hoping for Magic, A Found Poem

She wonders

What is the weight of a soul?

And

Where does it go when we die?

Asks in the dark

Are there such things as ghosts?
Can they speak to the living?

Please…

What of spirits, demons, fairies, and angels?
Can dreams hold portents, visions, foretellings?
Does magic exist?

say yes

 

because I miss her.

Text in italics from The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay. For MA on 4/27/19. Poem ©2019 Jen Payne. National Poetry Month #16 and NaPoWriMo poem. IMAGE: Scream, Nuri Iyem. #NaPoWriMo. For more poetry by Jen Payne, purchase a copy of Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind! BUY THE BOOK TODAY!

15 – Unheard

This silencing here

on the wild and wicked coast

the grief, the loss, the sorrow,

choked and suffocated

in manic whorls of wind and sand

not unlike the experience

of my family who

when spoken to

lift shovels of

finely ground resentment

into my mouth.

Poem ©2019, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month #15 and NaPoWriMo poem. IMAGE: Scream, Nuri Iyem. #NaPoWriMo. For more poetry by Jen Payne, purchase a copy of Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind! BUY THE BOOK TODAY!

14 – At Race Point Beach

At Race Point Beach
whorls of wind……….or ghosts
……….howl at times
enough to steal a Banshee’s wail……….or mine

mine, loud and silent
this long, slow lament
undulating months and miles

months and miles to here,
where confessions of grief
keen to wind and waves

wind and waves wise enough
to hold me up

hold me up
a borrowed resolve
‘til buffeted right again

moved
……….despite myself

Poem ©2019, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month #14 and NaPoWriMo poem. Photo ©2019, Jen Payne. #NaPoWriMo. For more poetry by Jen Payne, purchase a copy of Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind! BUY THE BOOK TODAY!

13 – Prayer

If nothing,

grant me this:

this quiet walk

undisturbed

by anything

but winds and waves

but gulls and crows

but the long slow roll of the tide

and this

this welcomed solitude

the illusion of peace

and respite from memory

if nothing,

let that be enough

for now

amen.

Poem ©2019, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month #13 and NaPoWriMo poem. Photo ©2019, Jen Payne. #NaPoWriMo. For more poetry by Jen Payne, purchase a copy of Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind! BUY THE BOOK TODAY!

12 – She is Walking, Spent

She is walking, spent

remembers: the recoverable wave energy resource here is 160 terawatt hours per year

160 terawatt hours per year = energy resource from waves

enormous potential

consider: just 1 terawatt hour per year of energy could supply 93,850 homes with power

could……….potentially

if recoverable

can it be recovered?

While an abundance of wave energy is available, it cannot
be fully harnessed everywhere for a variety of reasons…

One might need a Dragon to recover.

A large-scale effort

that reacts to pressure and stress

to generate power

the necessary power for 93,850 homes

or one

one person walking

walking by the waves one might harness

for energy resources

could……….potentially

if recoverable

but is she?

Poem ©2019, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month #12 and NaPoWriMo poem. Photo ©2019, Jen Payne. #NaPoWriMo. Statistics from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. For more poetry by Jen Payne, purchase a copy of Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind! BUY THE BOOK TODAY!