Lois Parker Edstrom
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Lois's Web Site: http://loisparkeredstrom.com/
Lois Parker Edstrom, a retired nurse, began writing poetry ten years ago. Her poems have appeared in literary journals such as Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Birmingham Arts Journal, Clackamas Literary Review, Floating Bridge Review, Rock & Sling, Connecticut River Review, Adanna, and Mobius. Her chapbook, What Brings Us To Water won the Poetica Publishing Chapbook Award, 2010 and a second collection, What’s To Be Done With Beauty, was published by Creative Justice Press, 2012.
She received two Hackney National Literary Awards, Outrider Press Grand Prize, and the Westmoreland Award, among others. Her poetry has been adapted to dance and performed by the Bellingham Repertory Dance Company.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, she lives off the coast of Washington, on Whidbey Island, with her husband and resident deer, rabbits, owls, and herons. The beauty of the island and her love of art inspire much of her work.
Poem from Night Beyond Black
I travel east into the Cascades to a small town my parents came to as newlyweds, follow double yellow lines, the road too treacherous for passing, search for a small cabin where I was conceived. More gold than yellow, the center lines mimic the hue of autumn tamarack released of its evergreen pretensions. The tamaracks flare above a scud of clouds draped over the valley, rise toward snow-topped peaks. Carried out of these mountains curled like a leaf in my mother’s womb I unfurled in a different place. Return is like seeing the negative from a long time ago, a bright image that remains for an instant after you close your eyes.
Other Poems Online
- Cookie Bakers in Literary Mama