Joan Colby

Cotton Poem IV

Clouds of course and white caps.
Dandelions gone to seed.
Indulgences and catnaps.
Staunch of a nosebleed.
Blown sweetness at a fair.
Double-ring wedding quilt.
A child’s well-worn bear.
Peonies left to wilt.
The customary rabbit.
Soft words of condolence.
The comfort of a habit.
The book of common sense.
Cloth the shears will sever.
Hymns ending in forever.



Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She was a finalist in the GSU Poetry Contest (2007), Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize (2009, 2012), and received honorable mentions in the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Contest (2008, 2010). She is the editor of Illinois Racing News,and lives on a small horse farm in Northern Illinois. She has published 11 books including The Lonely Hearts Killers, The Atrocity Book and her newest book from Future Cycle Press—“Dead Horses.” FutureCycle has just published “Selected Poems.” A chapbook “Bittersweet” is forthcoming from Main Street Rag Press next winter.
Joan Colby