Joan Bonnell Clark releases new collection of poetry

Retired Rockford College faculty member explores the highs and lows of love in her new book

Explore the highs and lows of love with Joan Bonnell Clark’s poems in her new collection, All About Love: Poems from Mixed Experience, now available through AuthorHouse.

Clark’s poetry is a brutally honest portrayal of a woman’s lifetime in love. These verses run the gamut of emotions, from joy to sorrow to disappointment. The book is separated into four sections: general love, young love, disappointed love, other loves and over-the-hill love.

“This book is a collection about a woman’s sensitive, but often unorthodox, impressions regarding love as she lived it over a lifetime,” Clark said. “These lines would not make good greeting card sentiments, but readers can smile and empathize with the experiences and emotions recalled within these pages.”

The poem “There’s No Money in Poetry” is an example of the various passions expressed through Clark’s poetry as she explores her love for writing:

There’s no money in poetry—

Better to write a popular novel,

A “true confessions” story

Or a politician’s biography;

A poet squanders words for pennies.

Yes, a poet comes cheap as fall and spring;

She composes her own brief season

Delighting as does a butterfly

Flitting between sensation and reason

So careless of her sure, sad ending.

Clark’s poetry is inspired by more than 60 years as a student, professor, wife, mother, lover and friend. With several marriages in her past, she has seen her share of the various emotions surrounding love. Now retired from the faculty of Rockford College, she and her partner and colleague, Dr. Peter J. Stanlis, spend their winters in Homosassa, Fla. Much of her time is also spent traveling to visit her four children and four grandchildren. She is a licensed deacon in the Episcopal Church who assists in mission congregations. Her first book of poetry, Glimpses of God: Seasonal Christian Poems, is also available through AuthorHouse. More information is available at

From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue

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