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Contributions by Melissa Fite Johnson:

“Backyard”

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The Switcheroo is here!  Artist Jenny Bevill selected this year’s image, “The Fragile Domestic” by Amy Meissner, saying of it, “I could see it inspiring words like spin, turn, revolve but also pulse. The strings in the middle seem to be holding the nest in place in this spinning world.” Poet Melissa Fite Johnson‘s poem “Backyard” sang out from all the entries. It might be because, as she says, “what I found so inspiring about Amy’s work is that it gave me a small shiver of déjà vu. It felt like a visual representation of the themes I can’t stop writing (and reading) about lately.”

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“2014 Haiku Year-in-Review”

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Meet the Poets A group that spans the continent, a group that loves poetry and works as teachers, naturalists, and advocates. We asked them to tell us about themselves, and to also look back on 2014 and share their most memorable moment, be it personal or public. DAVE BONTA (Winter: Sochi Olympics) is the author of Odes to Tools (Phoenicia Publishing) and Breakdown: Banjo Poems (Seven Kitchens Press) as well as two ongoing daily writing …

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