Free Verse by Claire Vogel Camargo

Riverstone Words

Riverstone words flow

in tumbling disarray off

of the tongue, propelled

by the swirling current.


They pitch and roll, turning

with glisten and glow, in a

rhythm and angle only they

can know or find.


Riverstone words in many

colors, textures, and forms:

smooth, rough, sharp, round;

feeling just so on the mind.


Some hurt, some no; some pink,

tan, or black; some pebbles, cairns,

or paperweights; some fitting in

the hand, heart, or soul.


Riverstone words meandering

through the waters of one’s mind;

free-flowing, gently bumping, or

crashing over turbulent rapids.


Spread like caviar over riverbeds

and garnish on riverbanks, they

declare existence and reveal

the geology of our lives.


by Claire Vogel Camargo (USA)

First Place

Contest 80: Rusk County Poetry Society Award

Poetry Society of Texas: A Book of the Year 2013


About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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11 Responses to Free Verse by Claire Vogel Camargo

  1. Lovely especially this one:
    Riverstone words meandering
    through the waters of one’s mind;

    Congratulations Claire. 👏👏👏

  2. This is a lovely news. Not only haiku, but the free verses too.
    Thank you very much, Charlotte.

  3. It is a beautiful poem. Riverstone is used as a metaphor for the philosophical depiction. Being a geologist, I could feel an extra closeness to the poem. I did my Ph.D on the Drainage Basin Analysis of The Ajay River, a tributary of the Ganges. The rock fragments roll down from the hills to the plains and further into the abyssal depth of the sea. They change their shapes from boulders to fine sands, but the souls remain the same, caressing their mother river and unifying finally with the vastness.
    Congratulation Claire for the nostalgic creation. Thank you, Charlotte, for your noble initiative for the mainstream verse.
    P K Padhy, Ph.D

  4. Claire Vogel-Camargo says:

    Greetings, Pravat, Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. I so enjoy your explanations from your geologist and poetic views. Am happy that my words found a special meaning and enjoyment for you. I love how you explained about “rock fragments roll down the hills…change their shapes…caressing their mother river…” Appreciate, Claire

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