red geraniums. A poem by Joseph A Farina

Joseph A. Farina

red geraniums

burnt sienna apartment buildings rise above the piazza
blue shuttered windows, opened in the summer light

ledges fringed with red geraniums tended by housebound tenants
their ancestry from mountain farms and valley fields

here in their urban gardens, 
reduced to single terra cotta pots

they dip their hands in the contained earth
dreaming of sowing and harvests

and the blood call of roots.

Joseph A Farina is a retired lawyer in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. An award-winning poet. Several of his poems have been published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Ascent, Subterranean Blue and in   The Tower Poetry Magazine, Inscribed, The Windsor Review, Boxcar Poetry Revue, and appears in the anthology   Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent, in the anthology Witness from Serengeti Press and Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century. He has had poems published in the U.S. magazines   Mobius, Pyramid Arts, Arabesques, Fiele-Festa, Philadelphia Poets and   Memoir (and) as well as in Silver Birch Press “Me, at Seventeen” Series. He has had two books of poetry published— The Cancer Chronicles   and   The Ghosts of Water Street.

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Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie is now completing her first novel where, for a family with a Seventh-day Adventist father and a Mennonite mother, the End Times are just around the corner. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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