The October 2019 Blue Heron Review Featured Author is Marjorie Power

Welcome to the October 2019 Blue Heron Review Feature. We are honored to share the work of poet, Marjorie Power, this month! We will be focusing on her powerful collection, Oncoming Halos (Kelsay Books, 2018).  Delighted to share the news that Power’s latest chapbook,  Refuses to Suffocate, has just been released by Blue Lyra Press.

With beautiful imagery, Power invites us to explore inner worlds and also to pay close attention to everything unfolding in this glorious life. There are things we can see and things we cannot see. With thoughtfulness and carefully chosen words, Power invites us to look deeper into both. We have an inner knowing that walks with us in life. Whether it is nature that shines a light on this, a doctor’s gaze, or the shadows behind the blooms, the wise voice speaks to us in whispers. Power reminds us that “love is a circuit / that runs from each to each,” and we must honor these connections.

Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page of our site to read three poems by Marjorie Power and a book review by Margaret Saine. You will want to return to these stunning poems again and again!

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Marjorie Power’s chapbook, Refuses to Suffocate, has just been released by Blue Lyra Press. Her collections, Oncoming Halos and Seven Parts Woman appeared in 2018 and 2016, respectively. She has six chapbooks out from Main Street Rag, Pudding House and other small presses. Journals that have recently used her work include Southern Poetry Review, The Comstock Review, Slant and others. She lives in Denver, Colorado after many years in the Northwest and can be found at www.marjoriepowerpoet.com.

 

In Memory of Judy Wucherer (1939-2019), Blue Heron Review Contributor

It is with a heavy heart that I share the sad news that we have lost one of our beloved Blue Heron Review contributors and friends, Judy Wucherer, on September 13th, 2019. I wanted to post a special tribute to Judy and her loving, supportive spirit, in honor of her contributions to the literary community. I first met Judy, when she was a contributing poet for the One Vision project, sponsored by the Pewaukee Area Arts Council. She was a poet on the project in 2010 for her poem, “Wild Imaginings” (paired with artwork by Ann Kummrow), and also in 2011 for her poem, “In the Window” (paired with photography by Susan Foley). For the 2011 show at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, Judy and Susan’s collaboration was chosen for a special performance, with music and interpretive dance, on the main stage at the OAC.

Judy Wucherer’s work appeared in Blue Heron Review, Verse Wisconsin, Echoes Poetry Journal, The Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry (online and print), the Pewaukee Area Arts Council project, One Vision: A Fusion of Art and Poetry, and WI Fellowship of Poets’ museletters and calendars. She was a life-long resident of Wisconsin, though her muse was often elsewhere. Judy was a loving mother and grandmother. She had a career as an antiques dealer, while also being an avid writer, artist, and supporter of the arts.

Judy was a beloved friend and will be greatly missed. I was personally so blessed to know Judy for almost 10 years.

Known for her Haikus, below are some of Judy Wucherer’s poems, previously published in Blue Heron Review. I hope you enjoy them.

Blue Heron Review Issue 6 (Summer 2016)
(1 poem)

shaken and stirred
summer sensations ignite
blame it on the moon

 

Blue Heron Review Issue 5 (Winter 2016)
(2 poems)

the egret rises
a soft white feathered prayer
of grace – ascending

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a slight blue s-curve
heron catches light
effortlessly