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“Ask the River” and “To Flower in the Rain” in the sidebars here are poems Madronna Holden has written. “Be inevitable/fight like the sun fights for the day” is a line from her “Badger Medicine”.

Here are links to a few of  the poems paired with watercolors painted by David Wolfersberger on his 3500 mile solo bicycle journey of the West Coast:

“Pitching your tent in the ashes” (David’s “Burnt Forest”), “Chasing wheels” (David’s “Rockies East of Santa Fe”), and “Painting from Memory” (David’s “Avenue of the Giants”)  appeared in About Place’s “rewilding” issue.

Madronna will be joining seven writers appearing in this About Place issue reading at the AWP Conference in Portland in March, 2019.

“Strawberry Medicine” (David’s “Medicine Bow Laramie Mountains, Wyoming”) and “Our Earth-Bound Souls” (David’s “Bighorn River & Mountains”) appeared in the winter 2018 issue of Leaping Clear.

Two more of these painting/poem combinations are forthcoming this spring: “Storing the Day” (David’s “Barn for Storing Blue Sky”), will appear in Equinox Journal and “Heresies” (David’s “West Eugene Sunset”) will appear in the Exposition Review’s “Wonder” issue.

“Map of falling water and rising trees “, also inspired by David’s painting (Smith River), was published without a companion image in Windfall (fall 2018). (Available in print only: it will be posted here in a few months).

Other recent and forthcoming poems:

“The world has not forgotten how to bloom” appeared in the Aurorean fall/winter 2018/2019 in print only,  It will be posted here in a few months. The New Pages link to the Aurorean is here.

“Astronaut of Another Earth” appeared in Cathexis Northwest with a sound recording in February 2019.

“Before the mountains landed” is slated to appear in the  Equinox Journal this spring.

“To be from somewhere” is slated to appear in The New Southerner this spring.

“If you could tell your story with wings” and Advice from an Oregon Iris” will be out in print in the Clackamas Literary Review on May 1.

Below are links to past poems posted on this site.

Do Not Worry about the Dry Season

Advice from the Cemetery

Before the eyes of the earth we are eternal

The Revolution below Us

Prayer Sticks on Bald MountainT

The Descent of Inanna

The poems that make up the theater piece, “The Descent of Inanna”, were performed by the Eugene Chamber Theater and written in community with producer Catherine Vandertuin, musician Jeffrey Allen and the remarkable actors that embodied this ancient myth. (See link above).

3 Responses

  1. “I can visualize”

    The winter wind blows the snow around,
    delighting the kids inside, irritating some others
    the snow piles high and freezes overnight
    turning into kids sliding hill, yet a burden for others

    The snow, the rain, the sun, the wind
    each is uniquely wondrous, uniquely guided
    the hand that guides them all
    is the hand that feeds us all

    • Lovely words and idea here, Sayed. A wonderful idea of commenting in poetry! Are there not very different ways in which we may see this world– as this poem indicates– as a gift or an inconvenience?
      And yet in the end, we are united by the gift of life. It is my sense that if the heart of God is large enough to embrace us all, that is a challenge for us to open our own hearts in a similar way.

  2. Thank you Dr. Holden.
    Everyone has a unique perpective that if used in the right way and for the right occasion, will raise our spirits and clear our minds, provided we instill a genuine appreciation for the beauties of nature within us.

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