has turned everything to mud,

yet velvety patches of emerald persist.

Having patiently waited through winter,

moss is in no mood to hide.

Poem by Joan Kantor

Joan Kantor has completed several poetry collections and has been published in numerous journals. She has won both The Hackney Literary Award for Poetry, and first place for poetry in The Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. She has mentored young poets at The Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, performs in Stringing Words Together (violinist and poet duo) and does readings and workshops throughout the Northeast. Her work focuses on nature/the environment, the human condition and the arts.