Now On Sale: Waiting Out the Storm

WAITING OUT THE STORM
Poems by Jennifer A. Payne
5.5 x 8.5, Paperback, 44 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9905651-4-7
$15.00 (plus tax + shipping)

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.

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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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Cape Cod Sunrise, Almost

The sun’s gone missing, darling,

and you, two thousand miles away right now,

are missing too

and yet there we are

walking that Gulf Coast beach

pitch dark, single file, you in the lead

as always

pulling me along

as we giggle stumble across the shell-full sand

that one angel feather
……..that stabs itself between my toes

before we find a place

to lay down our blanket,
……..sip hot coffee,

knee against knee and

arm against arm

like sisters

quiet and waiting

waiting for the start of a day
……..that never comes, save for

gray against gray and

pearl against pearl

until we make our way back

holding hands and laughing at the folly

 

For D, xoxo. Photo ©2019, Jen Payne. For more poems about life reflected in nature, please purchase a copy of my new book WAITING OUT THE STORM. Click here for details.

dance to the absurdities of life

“Rubble is the ground on which our deepest friendships are built. I have survived so much loss, as all of us have by this time…my parents, dear friends, beloved pets. If you haven’t already, you will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken — and the bad news is that you will never completely get over that loss. But the good news is that they will live forever, in your broken heart that never heals. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly, that still hurts when the weather is cold — but you learn to dance with the limp. You dance to the absurdities of life; you dance to the minuet of old friendships and old loves.”

— Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

 

IMAGE: The Dance, Paula Rego. For more on death, grief and finding a way to dance, please purchase a copy of my new book WAITING OUT THE STORM. Click here for details.

the sky remains

“Through the empty branches the sky remains.
It is what you have.
Be earth now, and evensong.
Be the ground lying under that sky.”

— Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Photo ©2019, Jen Payne. For more on death, grief and finding a way to dance, please purchase a copy of my new book WAITING OUT THE STORM. Click here for details.

not till we are lost

“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

 

Photo ©2019, Jen Payne. For more on death, grief and finding a way to dance, please purchase a copy of my new book WAITING OUT THE STORM. Click here for details.

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.