Karen Joy Brown

Songs and poems are siblings, and like all well-intentioned parents, I have inadvertently favored one over the other publically by performing, recording albums, and focusing a web presence on my music.

If quantity were king, then my poetry surely wears the crown. Like William Carlos Williams writing poems on prescription pads between patients, my lesson plans, staff meeting agendas and such are filled with poetic musings scratched out in rare quiet moments in the life of a high school teacher. 

I plan to slowly correct the sad lack of encouragement for my creative offspring by involving myself in the poetry community through events like National Poetry Month in April, and starting to submit poems to various online journals regularly. 

In 2009 "After",  one of my three submitted poems to Chico California's News and Review "Poetry 99" contest was printed as an honorable mention. So far, it's my only published poem, but I'm sure that with persistence, I'll have more links to include.

Below are links to poet influences and interests I enjoy. The name links to a bio that's usually as interesting as the poems themselves. After the name I include one sample poem for you to taste.

Pablo Neruda - Keeping Quiet (English), A callarse (Spanish)

William Carlos Williams

Mary Oliver

Wendell Berry - How to be a Poet 

Hafiz

Rumi

Emily Dickinson

Octavio Paz - his haiku in Spanish 

Rainer Maria Rilke

Robert Frost - Fire and Ice 

Gary Soto - Ambition