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.
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