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Thresholds by Glenna Cook

Glenna Cook

Thresholds

Glenna Cook grew up in Olympia, Washington, where she married her husband, Kenneth, at age 18. They had three children (the oldest, a son, died of cancer in 2016), and have nine grandchildren, and eight greatgrandchildren. In 1990, she retired as training manager at U.S. West Communications, after twenty-five years of service, then immediately enrolled in college. She graduated from University of Puget Sound, Magna cum Laude, at age fifty-eight, with a B.A. degree in English Literature. While at U.P.S., she won the Hearst Essay Prize for the Humanities,and the Nixeon Civille Handy Prize for Poetry. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

Her dream was to be a prose writer, but discovered a love for poetry at U.P.S., and after she graduated, and found herself the caretaker of both her mother and her sister, it fit well into the cracks of her time She has read her poetry in the Puget Sound region, and has published several dozen poems in journals and anthologies, such as Raven Chronicles, Spindrift, crosscurrent review, Avalon Review, 164, and Quill and Parchment. In 2014, she was granted a residency at Hedgebrook, where she wrote some of the poems for this book.

Glenna has Parkinson’s Disease, which she keeps at bay with medicine and a regular discipline of tai chi, yoga, and cycling exercises at the Y.M.C.A. She reads a lot, and enjoys playing the violin. Born in 1936, part of the “between” generation, who tends to see both sides, she is a Christian who feels kinship with other religions, a pacifist with sympathies for those who go to war, a feminist who loves men, and an environmentalist, pure and simple

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Poem from Threholds

A man plans differently

than a woman for a journey.
He sees where he is going,
finds the shortest route
to get there and return,
takes two changes of clothes,
a little bag of toiletries.
Money.

A woman looks
at what is being left behind,
cleans her house
for coming home to,
tells the people in her life
where she’s going,
when she’ll be back.
Someone must be found
to tend her plants
and care for her cat.
She packs three sets of clothes
for every change of weather,
bakes nut bread
to eat along the way.