We’ve had a time this past year, haven’t we? And it seems 2022 will go out as she came, with bluster and buffoonery. But let’s not get distracted: What we love and value is still here, perhaps in some new incarnation or personage, disguised or outstanding, yet palpable if we search. People are still kind, children joyful, animals a refuge, the natural world a cornucopia of healing and sustenance. May you have all you need and a bit of what you want in the New Year.
Glenda Bailey-Mershon is the author of the novel Eve’s Garden (Twisted Road, 2014), the story of three generations of Romani women surviving in North Georgia, USA, during the 1960s. She is also the author of Weaver’s Knot: Poems (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming 2023) and other poetry titles, including sa-co-ni-ge/blue smoke: poems from the Southern Appalachians (Jane’s Stories) and Bird Talk: Poems (Wild Dove). A founder of the nonprofit, Jane’s Stories Press Foundarion, which presents the Clara Johnson Award for Women’s Literature, she edited four of their anthologies, the latest being Bridges and Borders, featuring immigrant women writers.
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