Radio In the Night

Radio In the Night

by Judith Chibante

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635340990
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Publication date: 02/17/2017
Pages: 38
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.09(d)

About the Author

Judith Chibante, cancer survivor, left a four-decade career in education to return to her creative writing roots. She was born and raised in rural California, and came of age in the sixties doing farmwork, strict religious practices, and sports in school. She left home at age 18 to go to college in southern California (an unforeseen, epic experience), and became just the second in her family to earn a degree.

From college, Judith went into teaching. Most of her experience was in a small high school as an English and remedial reading teacher. Later, she migrated to academia at a major university to work in teacher education; her specialty area was training teachers how to work with children having difficulty learning to read. In that role, Judith taught a daily case-load of hard-to-teach children in local schools. During this time, she edited a book of poems for teachers, and it was this project that helped take her back to poetry. To nurture a dormant aptitude, she sought special opportunities to work with established poets; for the past several years, she has studied with Ellen Bass in Santa Cruz.

Judith recently chaired the Berkeley Poetry Contest; several of her award-winning poems appear in this chapbook. Currently, she lives in Fresno, California, with her Tonkinese cat, Meisha, a rambling garden, and a small 'forest' of 9 redwoods (each named for a famous poet).

Table of Contents

I

Tomato Summers 1
Turkey Dust Mornings 2
Morning Devotions 3
The Quonset Hut, 1952 4
Sunday Afternoon Visits To Elderly Relatives 5
Swans In a Mahogany Frame 6
My Father's Hands 7
Always Dinner 9
Finished Business 10
Cutting Peaches 11
Letter To Mary 12
To an Unknown Grandfather 14

II

Phone Call During Dinner 17
December 18
Walking Back Alleys 19
Letter After Cancer 20
These Redwoods Growing So Magnificently Here 21
Radio In the Night 22

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