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 seven 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 four 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 bend or honor traditional forms, that surprise and illuminate, that are genuine, that have momentum and play with language.
We read to learn and to survive.
Women Observing Stars (1936) is by Japanese artist Õta Chõu (太田聴雨). He was born in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture in 1896 and died in Tokyo in 1958. The original telescope in this painting is in the National Science Museum in Tokyo and the original painting hangs in the National Museum of Modern Art, also in Tokyo.
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