Jane Brunton

Rookie (1942 / Kingston Ontario)

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Many of my poems were inspired when I lived in Ecuador, South America for ten years (1990 to 2000.) I had never written poetry before but the sheer wonder and beauty of that country was a source of sensory stimulation compelling me to write.

After languishing in a government job for over 20 years I now free-lance for a local paper and have a monthly column on ... more »

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Spiky cacti sprout cloth flowers of purple, pink and orange wool. Bushes bear sequined, bell shaped, skirt flowers. It’s laundry day.

Home-bound sheep hurriedly crop their last bite of the polluted provender masquerading as wayside grass.

A scrawny lame dog ambles by with nose to the ground. I throw bread slice by slice from the clouded window. A crust flies over the precipice. I close my eyes at the thought of the animal plunging to his death in search of it.

The smell of diesel fumes hangs heavy and we can neither come nor go. Cars have arrived from the direction of ...

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