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Here are Madronna Holden’s poems as paired with watercolors David Wolfersberger painted on his 3500 mile solo bicycle journey of the West Coast (in order of publication). I owe an immeasurable debt to David for his inspiration and support.

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

“Strawberry Medicine” (paired with David’s “Medicine Bow Laramie Mountains, Wyoming”) and “Our Earth-Bound Souls” (paired with David’s “Bighorn River & Mountains”) appear in the winter 2018 issue of Leaping Clear. Their facebook page (5/21/2019) honoring national meditation month, international meditation day and the birth of the Buddha also features David’s lovely “Medicine Bow” watercolor joined with Madronna’s poem, “Strawberry Medicine”.

“Heresies” (paired with David’s “West Eugene Sunset”) appears in the Exposition Review’s “Wonder” issue (spring 2019).

“The Rattle on the Tail of Things” (paired with David’s “Navajo Wetland”) appears in the spring 2019 issue of Cold Mountain Review (also available in print.)

The following are combined in a multi-media presentation in The Slippery Elm Literary Journal:

“Picnic table before and after the crowd” (paired with David’s “Richardson Park”).

“When the ocean within us asserts itself” (paired with David’s “Eel Lake”)

Holding Hands with the Heat” (David’s paired with “Grants Pass”)

Memory Slough” (paired with David’s “Humboldt Slough”)

Multiple Choice” (paired with David’s “Tehachapi”)

I Will Show you Wonders” (paired with David’s “Grand Canyon”)

“Dancing with Bones” (paired with David’s “Ghost Station”)

Learning to Paint the Wind” (paired with David’s “Wildlife Refuge West of Casper, Wyoming”)

Wildflower Epilogue” (paired with David’s “Wyoming Wildflowers”).

“We Aren’t in Kansas Anymore” (paired with David’s “Loveland, Colorado Barn”), “To be Held in the Arms of the Morning” (paired with David’s “Sunrise over the Sierra Nevadas”), and “Cathedral Meadow” (paired with David’s “Chapel near Snow Bowl”) appear in District Lit .

“Colors of Belonging”, “Shapeshifting Home” and “Desert Woman” paired with David’s Shoshone River, McKenzie Pass and Kingman, Arizona appear in Santa Clara Review, vol. 107:1 (February, 2020: both in print and online).

“Mirage Drinking” (paired with David’s “Winslow Mesas and Dr. Pepper”), “Disclaimer” (paired with David’s “New Mexico Continental Divide”) and “The Land Takes My Picture” (paired with David’s “Magma topped mesas west of John Day”) appear in vol. 55:1 (spring 2020) of Puerto del Sol.

And a special bonus: a free download link to David’s original music album.


Here are Madronna’s recent solo poetry publications (in order of appearance.)

“Map of Falling Water and Rising Trees” appears in the fall 2018 issue of Windfall. (in print only)

“The world has not forgotten how to bloom” appears in the Aurorean fall/winter 2018/2019 . (in print only)

“Astronaut of Another Earth” appears in Cathexis Northwest accompanied by a sound recording in February 2019.

“Storing the Day” (inspired by David’s “Barn for Storing Blue Sky”), and “Before the Mountains Landed” appear in the spring 2019 issue of Equinox Poetry and Prose.

“If you could tell your story with wings” and “Advice from an Oregon Iris” appear in volume 23 (2019) of the Clackamas Literary Review. (in print only)

Polar Bears Dance their Sestina One Last Time” appears in Artis Natura.

“Lover’s Lullaby” appears in the February 2020 issue of Pomme Journal. (in print only)

 “Desert Fire Sermon”, “The Moss Knows these Things”, and “Each of Us Must Someday Dare the Soil” appear in the 2020 spring equinox issue of Leaping Clear.

“All Morning Along the River” will appear in the spring 2020 issue of Windfall. (in print only)

“Our Choice of Stories” is coming May 1 In About Place’s “hope” issue– a topic we could all use more of about now!

“If the World Were a Literal Thing” and “As Picasso Turned the World to Glass” are also coming this spring in Poemeleon.


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

Here are links to the texts of other poems posted on this site.

Do Not Worry about the Dry Season (published in the anthology Dona Nobis Pacem.

Advice from the Cemetery (published in Fireweed).

Before the eyes of the earth we are eternal (published in Fireweed)

The Revolution below Us (published in Green Fuse)

Prayer Sticks on Bald Mountain (published in the Oregonian)

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).


Thank you for being the audience that is so essential to art. And just a gentle reminder to all those reading these poems and viewing these paintings– they are all under copyright and should not be reproduced in any form without permission.

One Response

  1. 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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