Janice N. Harrington


Biography of Janice N. Harrington

Janice N. Harrington is an American poet and children's writer.

She grew up in Alabama and Nebraska.

She worked as a public librarian in Champaign, Illinois, and as a professional storyteller, appearing at the National Storytelling Festival. She now teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her work appears in African American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Field, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, and other journals.

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Shaking the Grass

Evening, and all my ghosts come back to me
like red banty hens to catalpa limbs
and chicken-wired hutches, clucking, clucking,
and falling, at last, into their head-under-wing sleep.

I think about the field of grass I lay in once,
between Omaha and Lincoln. It was summer, I think.
The air smelled green, and wands of windy green, a-sway,
a-sway, swayed over me. I lay on green sod

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