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Who can say where a poet’s journey begins? home_pat

In West Virginia in childhood when a father recites Poe at the supper table? At school and Sunday school where psalms, hymns, and schoolbook verses teach cadence and rhythm? When a girl telling herself stories keeps fear and boredom at bay? When a mother travels twice a month on a bus to the library to gather books for her daughter to devour? In nearby woods where wildflowers, birdsong, mushrooms, and turtles abound? On summer nights on a blanket under the stars when a father teaches the stories the stars tell, what are the meanings of infinity and eternity?

Living now on a great flyway between two wildlife refuges, where great blue heron and wild geese fly over in season daily, surrounded by gardens she has designed, a poet creates a haven in which to celebrate the quiet pleasures of the garden, domestic life and love, friendship, artistic endeavor, spiritual growth, commitment to service and sharing. Born into the aftermath of war, spending her later years still in a world torn by violence and injustice, she seeks to right the balance in the only ways each one of us can: small ordinary daily gestures that foster life.

Patricia Roth Schwartz is a poet, editor, writer of fiction, creative non-fiction, and short plays, gardener, and former prison volunteer, (having facilitated a poetry workshop with inmates for 14 years). She lives in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York state on her thirty-five acre property, Sage-Thyme Haven. Widely published in literary journals including Nimrod, South Carolina Review, Iron Horse, Clackamas Literary Review, Madison Review, and Palo Alto Review, her most recent work appears in Homestead Review, Stone Canoe, and the anthology Trumped!. She has been the recipient of awards from Clackamas, Rochester’s ImageOut, Sow’s Ear, and HeartLodge, plus a Lambda Literary award for a volume of short fiction.