For as long as I can remember I have always had a profound love and appreciation of the simplicity and beauty of nature and yes, for the harshness of it as well. I was born and raised on my parents’ dairy farm in Wisconsin along with 8 siblings. We grew up rising early and were accustomed to working hard. When I graduated from high school I left the farm and moved to Milwaukee. I have spent my entire adult life in the Metro Milwaukee area. Like they say, “You can take the girl out of the country. But you can’t take the country out of the girl.
From a child on, I wrote poetry. Poetry helped me express my feelings in a very personal way, especially after the loss of my sister. Her unexpected death had a profound effect on me and poetry helped the healing process. It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I even considered the idea of sharing it. I attended several creative writing and poetry courses along the way. One of my instructors, Ellen Hunnicutt, winner of the 1987 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction “In The Music Library” and in 1988 the Banta Award for “Suite Calliope”, encouraged me to write haiku. She thought I had a natural talent for it. She gave me a whole new perspective on writing poetry. I found that oriental forms of poetry suited me. I liked the simplicity and discipline in how to say so much with so few words. For a few short years in the late 80’s, I had moderate success with my haiku and learned about submissions and rejections. Of course in the 80’s everything was manual. No email. Poetry was handwritten. Revisions were so much more difficult then they are today.
Because of the demands of my career, I took a long 21 year hiatus from writing. It was always my intent to go back to it again after I retired. And so here I am writing poetry in my golden years. Enjoying the ease of writing poetry with a computer where revisions and submissions to editors are so much easier…(and I do a lot of revising)
I currently have two chapbooks in the works. I will keep you posted
Enough about me. I hope you enjoy my poetry.