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Here are links to a few of  Madronna Holden’s 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.

“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. Their facebook page (5/21/2019) honoring national meditation month, international meditation day and the birth of the Buddha featured David’s lovely “Medicine Bow” watercolor joined with Madronna’s poem, “Strawberry Medicine”.

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

“Storing the Day” (David’s “Barn for Storing Blue Sky”), will appear this spring in Equinox Journal.

“The Rattle on the Tail of Things” (David’s “Navajo Wetland”) is forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review (in print with a sound recording online).

“Mirage Drinking” (David’s “Winslow Mesa’s and Dr. Pepper”), “Disclaimer” (David’s “New Mexico Continental Divide”) and “Mirror Hills” (David’s “Magma topped mesas west of John Day”) will appear in Puerto del Sol.

Some of Madronna’s recent solo poems (in order of appearance).

“Map of Falling Water and Rising Trees” appeared in the fall 2018 issue of Windfall. Originally written as a companion piece to David’s “Smith River Falls” (thanks to David for his constant inspiration), this poem was published in literary form only.

“The world has not forgotten how to bloom” appeared in the Aurorean fall/winter 2018/2019 . The New Pages link to the Aurorean is here.

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

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

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

“Polar Bears Dance the Sestina One Last Time” will be coming out in Artis Natura’s “‘Finding True North” issue.


“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 past 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 MountainT (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).

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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