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Joan Prefontaine

Joan Prefontaine

Born: in St. Cloud Minnesota, USA
Resides: Cottonwood, Arizona, USA
E-mail: prewolf (at) msn (dot) com

I have worked as a teacher as well as a magazine writer and editor. I currently teach classes on literature and art for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Yavapai College. For many years I have written free verse poetry, but since 2012 have focused on haiku and other short forms. Living in the mountains of central Arizona has made me more aware of the importance of silence and spaciousness in our lives. I enjoy collaborating with other artists and am pleased that several composers have set some of my longer poems to music. I have a BA in English from Carleton College and an MFA in Poetry from Goddard College. My haiku have appeared in Modern Haiku, Acorn, The Heron's Nest, Frogpond, bottle rockets, tinywords, and also in several anthologies.

Books Published: The Divided Sphere (Floating Island Press, 1985) [written under the name of Joan Wolf].

Selected Work
heat wave
the blackened skins
of roasting chilies
pebbles in the tide
my regrets lose
their rough edges
dementia unit
the old therapy dog
remembers everyone
in its own time
the randomness
of where things fall
red maples
final exam
the probability
of becoming dust

Credits: "heat wave" - tinywords 12.1 (2012); "dementia unit" - Frogpond 36.1 (2013); "the randomness" – The Heron's Nest XVI:2 (June 2014); "pebbles in the tide" - tinywords 15.2 (2015); "everything" - tinywords 17.1 (2017); "final exam" - on down the road: Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology (2017).

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