Jane Ellen Glasser

In Defense of Stones


against gravity,


in the hands of fury,

stones would just as soon

stay home

for a long nap.


They are not emotional

like seeds, leaves, the wind.

Yet, palmed

on a sun-glazed walk,

just one

can drive out loneliness.


Comfortable in a crowd,

or a castaway

on beaches, roadsides,

what is more adaptable?



they let the river’s tongues

soothe their edges.



they join a community

to keep in, to keep out.



one atop the other,

they show us the way

to stay calm, steady, secure

in the simplicity of being.

Jane Ellen Glasser’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals, such as Hudson Review, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Georgia Review, Poetry Northwest. Her poems have garnered numerous awards from the Irene Leache Society, Puddingstone, and the Poetry Society of Virginia, and she has been recognized for outstanding articles on teaching poetry that were featured in Virginia English Bulletin and English Journal. In the past she reviewed poetry books for the Virginian-Pilot, edited poetry for the Ghent Quarterly and Lady Jane’s Miscellany, and co-founded the nonprofit arts organization and journal New Virginia Review. A first collection of her poetry, Naming the Darkness, with an introduction by W.D. Snodgrass, was issued by Road Publishers in 1991. She won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry 2005, and her award-winning book, Light Persists, published by Tampa University Press in April 2006, received an honorable mention in the 2007 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Her chapbook On the Corner of Yesterday, published in 2010, was followed by The Long Life, which won the Poetica Publishing Company Chapbook Contest 2011 and was released in December 2011. Her collection The Red Coat, published in 2013, is available from FutureCycle Press, which also published the chapbook Cracks in 2015. Her work may be previewed on her website: www.janeellenglasser.com



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