Funny, poignant, each finely turned and delightfully unexpected, these poems have earned Jane Davis Carpenter awards from her peers and a special place in the hearts of everyday poetry lovers. Sprinkled among the 211 prize-winners & favorites showcased here are sonnets, villanelles, free verse-even a handful of cat haiku! You'll discover: Love in a Loaf of Fresh-Baked Bread, Did Anyone See the Girl I Thought Was Me?, Colorado Boulevard Seen Late on a Saturday Night, Eye of the Quilter, Hot Pink & more. Joy Writing's Kenn Amdahl, observes "From cats & cars to family pictures & school shoes, she looks where we all look, but somehow sees more." Poetry to Go's Ann Klaiman says it "Touches gently on the darker griefs of life & glories in the magic of the everyday."
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About the Author
A frequent speaker and workshops leader, Jane has presented her work to television, radio and live audiences in a variety of popular, professional and academic venues. She has seen her verse not only purchased for publication but used in educational materials, business products and even set to music. In addition to commercial activities, Jane's career has been supported by grants and other awards from the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute, Colorado Humanities Council, the Denver Women's Press Club and other organizations. She has won numerous national, state and other competitions with her varied verse forms under titles such as "The Reluctant Sonnet", "Haiku for Cats", "Villanelle for My Mother", and signature "Caging the Wild Words".
Jane is an active member of The National League of American Pen Women, The Poetry Society of Colorado, and other professional and cultural organizations. Her published books include Art Nouveau Dreams and her latest, What to Make of Silence, a thematic selection of prize poems and favorites from throughout her career, plus four other collections of her works. Her website contains a complete list, as well as other material, and her work is also featured at PoetryPoetryPoetry.com and other publishers' websites.
Jane 'went west' to Denver from New York, where her first job had been as a New York Times copy-girl while attending college. She went on to work as a reporter for other newspapers before earning her B.A. magna cum laude from Syracuse University. Born in New Jersey, Jane earned her first dollar from the Newark Sunday Call, which published a poem she submitted at age 8.