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Currently available from Poetic License Press

Poems from the Wellspring








A celebratory anthology commemorating the 20th anniversary of Wellspring House Writers' and Artists' Retreat in Ashfield, MA.  This captivating volume includes poems written by 43 writers while in residence at  Wellspring House, Contributor's Notes that contextualize the poems and their writer's experience at Wellspring House, and a bonus selection of poems by WH proprietors, Preston M. Browning, Jr., and the late Ann Hutt Browning, and their daughter Sara Browning.  Order here.

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from "Hill Town Satori Journal Excerpts"


Bent maple bough

outside window

its tip snapped-off

under weight of snow

Curved like a lens—

the focus of all my attention.


~ Mark Pawlak

In Plein Air: poems and drawings of the natural world

After Gods Fade

Now the world reclaims itself.

A woman looks out at the dawn

through aspen flooded with sunlight.

White bark lambent, every burning leaf

a little god.

- Patricia Zylius

An anthology of 52 poems by 43 poets in response to the natural world.  This book immerses readers into a diverse range of landscapes: rural, urban, fragile, timeless, buzzing, silent.   Illustrations hand-drawn expressly for this collection enhance this limited edition of 220 individually numbered books. Order here.

A Midnight Snack: Poems for Late Night Reading

egg roll


and meat


in the cozy embrace

of a pastry blanket

a lesson for us

on a cold night

- Wilda Morris

Trouble sleeping?  Take a poem to bed.  A poem won’t start snoring before you’ve nodded off.  In fact, poems will stay up with you as long as you like.  And if you wake in the middle of the night unable to fall back asleep, shake awake a poem to keep you company – it will be happy to oblige.  So, have a midnight snack with these twenty-seven tireless poets who have gathered together from the parabolic parameter of the Earth to get you through the night! Order here.

Dog Nap

for Scout

Oh to surrender to the afternoon

light, lie your honey colored

self down on the oak floor boards,

the sun blessing you in a quilt

of shadowed window panes.

The kitchen hums in shades 

of amber. April shines

her countenance upon you.

- Arlyn Miller

A Light Breakfast: Poems to Start Your Day

Experts recommend reading a poem every morning as part of a healthy breakfast to lower the risk of heart disease, increase mental functioning and libido, and decrease the incidence of road rage.  From the far corners of the globe, twenty-four valiant poets have joined forces to help you do just that --- get your day off to a promising start with a nutritious poem! Order here.

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