Joan Woodbridge

Rookie - 383 Points (May 9,1933 / Flint, Michigan)

Biography of Joan Woodbridge

Joan Woodbridge poet

Iteration I: Blessed by the Great Mother, I was dropped into this life, a member of the several generations destined to negotiate the erotic boundaries between cultural prohibition, the whipped up frenzy of rock and roll, and mind expanding drugs- a short but intense period that lay magically between the availability of birth control pills and antibiotics, and the fateful appearance of AIDS.

Iteration II: I come from a long line of barbarians, land thieves, and genocidal murderers. My English forbearers arrived in America on the Mayflower. I have been taught to be proud of my ancestors. And, indeed, I am proud that my Puritan ancestors would not abide the oppression of anyone-not themselves, not others. I am proud that they took a stand against slavery. On my mother’s side I come from French Canadian and barely acknowledged Native American roots- the hunter and the hunted are alive in my genetic code.

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An Uneasy Measure

Time
the uneasy measure
we lay upon unfettered infinity

forgetting
we run innocently
through lily beds and grape arbors
to the ashes of the ruined mill
across the millstream

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