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 Clarks poems in her new collection, All About Love: Poems from Mixed Experience, now available through AuthorHouse.
Clarks poetry is a brutally honest portrayal of a womans 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 womans 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 Theres No Money in Poetry is an example of the various passions expressed through Clarks poetry as she explores her love for writing:
Theres no money in poetry
Better to write a popular novel,
A true confessions story
Or a politicians 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.
Clarks 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 www.poemsbyjoanclark.com.
From the Jan. 17-23, 2007, issue