Category Archives: Mary Jo Balistreri

Haibun by Mary Jo Balistreri

Day of Remembrance   This Memorial Day is different. My father places a small carton of artefacts before me on the kitchen table—things I never knew he had. In seventy years, he never once talked about it, deflecting all questions … Continue reading

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Free Verse by Mary Jo Balistreri

Fall Morning Early this Thursday the sun kindled frost transforming vast fields into silver-tipped etchings. A jay dipped sapphire wings. A fox stood small and quiet. Was he listening to clear resonant melodies rising like breath from the land? Did … Continue reading

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Daily Haiku: April 17, 2020

falling light rinses over his face . . . father at the sink by Mary Jo Balistreri (USA) Tinywords, Jan. 27, 2020

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Blog Special: A Book to Savor

Award-winning Poet and Author Mary Jo Balistreri has written a book that I keep coming back to on my bookshelf.  Still is an adventure to read with many experiences we can all relate to. The poems are like stories. At … Continue reading

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Daily Haiku: Dec. 19, 2019

crook of an oak . . . losing herself in huckleberry finn by Jo Balistreri  (USA)

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Daily Haiku: Dec. 16, 2019

branched calligraphy scrawled across a chalky sky . . . in between, the geese by Jo Balistreri (USA) Honorable Mention Illinois State Poetry Society Contest, 2019

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Special Christmas Poem by Mary Jo Balistreri

Christmas Morning by Mary Jo Balistreri In the pale glint of dawn, a hawk darts across the marsh. I wash dishes from last night’s supper. Coffee gurgles, filling the glass carafe. Alone at this hour, husband and children still asleep, … Continue reading

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