From front, clockwise: Gail Braune Comorat,
Jane C. Miller, Linda Blaskey, Wendy Elizabeth
Meredith Davies Hadaway, Joseph Levens,
Jack Mackey, Erin C. Murphy, Michael Dwayne Smith
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Gail, Linda, Wendy, and Jane bring a variety of experience to their poetry journal. In their lives they have been daughters, wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, divorcees, and widows. They have served as teachers, piano instructors, child advocates, medical supervisors, disability warriors, riding instructors, organizers, poetry teachers, and public relations mavens. As individuals they’ve been published in numerous journals, won poetry contests, been awarded fellowship grants. Among them they have published nine books/chapbooks of poetry. They live in Delaware from the top of the state to the bottom, in cities, on farms, and at the beach. The photo above was taken at one of their biannual retreats at Shipping Creek Farm, the Ingersoll family farm on the banks of the Chester River in eastern Maryland. After more than ten years they have come to think of the farm as their muse, and it was there that Walking the Sunken Boards (Pond Road Press, 2019) was born. Their experience of publishing that poetry collection together is what led them to create ൪uartet.
Quartet, n. 1. a group of four singers or instrumentalists or a piece of music composed for such a group. 2. a group of four things of the same kind that belong together.
൪uartet is an online poetry journal, published three times a year, designed by women over fifty to highlight the creativity of women fifty and over. We believe that at this time in a woman’s life we begin to surge, to come into our own. We believe experience speaks for itself, that by fifty we’ve accumulated enough courage to revel in our talents. We want to read poems that tackle difficult themes, that surprise and illuminate, that are genuine, that have momentum and play with language.
We read to learn and to survive.
Myth Ain't Nothing But An Old Woman Dreaming is by writer and visual artist Franetta McMillian of Wilmington, DE. It is a digital collage assembled using Photoshop, Illustrator, Photoleap, and DALL-E2, and is from a series of images titled Improbable People. The series began with a question: does artificial intelligence have any place in visual art? The title comes from a misremembered line from Maya Deren’s book on Haitian voodoo, Divine Horsemen.
൪uartet, an online poetry journal, is supported in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com