featured poets ~ Joy Ann Jones aka Hedgewitch @hedge_witch

featured  poets
at  my  heart’s  love  songs

{ originally  posted  April  2012 }

Joy Ann Jones
aka  Hedgewitch

i’m still celebrating the fifth anniversary of  my heart’s love songs and i decided to rerun the 2012 featured poet series  which spotlights sixty of  the most creative,  talented,  brilliant  {really!}  poets of  our time.  i have been fortunate over the five years to meet this amazing group of  people through twitter and their blogs.  not only are they writers who excite and enchant and entrance their readers,  they are,  one and all,  nice people who are supportive of  everyone in our online poetry community.  the “age of  technology”  has,  in fact,  facilitated the spread of  the ARTS! ~  poetry,  photography,  art,  prose,  music…   i have friends i have yet to meet face-to-face from all around the world.  day or night,  you can visit their blogs and be transported to another time or place or frame of  mind with just a few clicks of  a mouse.  i find it thrilling!  and i believe you will find it equally thrilling to discover their words.  i will be putting up these posts  to reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones.

just click on the  “Read More”  links on each poem to be taken to a new tab or window to read the rest of  the poem on the author’s blog.  if  you enjoy what you read,  please leave a comment on their blog to let them know.  { you don’t have to say you saw them here. }  i am truly honored that these wonderful people agreed to be featured on my blog ~  my gratitude to them all.

and thank you for coming to the celebration ~  enjoy!


featured poet:

Joy Ann Jones
aka  Hedgewitch

Joy Ann Jones  { aka Hedgewitch when she is roaming around the internet }   {@hedge_witch}   is an extraordinary poet whose words weave spells of enchantment and wonder on her blog Verse Escape.  Joy has two books of  poetry published with Shay Caroline Simmons and Kelli Simpson ~  Gemini/Scorpio/Capricorn: three American women poets”   available   HERE  and   “Three-Note Howl:  The Wild Hunt”   available  HERE.   there are two wonderful interviews, one at Poets United   HERE   and one at imaginary garden with real toads   HERE.


in her own words,  she is ~


a  “Graduate of Satan’s Reform School for Wayward Girls.  Doctorate in Verbosity from STFU.”


don’t let that fool you though  ~  Joy is a very kind and generous soul.  granted,  with a razor-sharp wit.  oh,  and she grows things…   beautiful gardeny things.  here is a sample of  the poems she grows  ~


Incubus II”    by   Joy Ann Jones/Hedgewitch

Tonight the incubus is in
a vile mood.
His pouts are puffs of sulphur
huffed on my walls,
leaving a yellow palled
skin of ill will;
his tail jerks and…..Read More

 via  Verse Escape   (c) Joy Ann Jones. Joy blogs as Hedgewitch at Verse Escape


Vessel   by  Joy Ann Jones/Hedgewitch

When the moon
is winking
like the Grey Sisters’ eye
passed from housetop
to housetop, glassy bright
and wide as a fawn’s
I feel your touch
the wind in the night
cool on fever’s summer,
you who can kiss with…..Read More

via  Verse Escape  (c) Joy Ann Jones. Joy blogs as Hedgewitch at Verse Escape


Ritual    by  Joy Ann Jones/Hedgewitch

The drum is beating low
but constant like Leviathon’s heart
far up in the moonless basin
filled with the ocean of  night.
The flame flares with the ghosts of grasses
born on the banshee’s wind.
The bent man circles in his animal mask
rustling soft the rattle of bone.
In this black of smoke and flicker
his chant is a shine, his words…..Read More

via  Verse Escape  (c) Joy Ann Jones. Joy blogs as Hedgewitch at Verse Escape

artwork ~ Figure de pleureuse. Musée du Louvre
Pourrait être Isis pleurant Osiris  {in the public domain}
18th Dynasty Terracotta sculpture; thought to be Isis mourning Osiris


Faerie Tales    by  Joy Ann Jones/Hedgewitch

Once upon a time
a nightingale
pressed her breast upon a thorn
trilled her last liquid song
to stain for a fool
one perfect rose red.

Once upon a time
a mermaid renounced her tail…..Read More

via  Verse Escape  (c) Joy Ann Jones. Joy blogs as Hedgewitch at Verse Escape

artwork ~  Clonfert mermaid from Clonfert Cathedral, Clonfert, County Galway, Ireland


Raven and Stone    by  Joy Ann Jones/Hedgewitch

Artists: J. Gould and E. Gould; Lithographer: E. Gould


The raven holds
a found brightness in his claw
that his sharp beak
will never crack
yet he eyes it with
the very speaking soul
of possession,
one hunger set aside
while another feeds…..Read More




via  Verse Escape  (c) Joy Ann Jones. Joy blogs as Hedgewitch at Verse Escape


2012 featured poet at my hearts love songs

all copyright remains with the authors



Filed under Creative Every Day, featured poet, guest post, NaBloPoMo, poet, poetry, Post-A-Day, redux

3 responses to “featured poets ~ Joy Ann Jones aka Hedgewitch @hedge_witch

  1. It’s sweet of you to re-feature these poems, Dani. Congratulations on five years of blogging!

  2. X

    Joy rocks.

    Enuf said.

  3. Oh this was wonderful :D so nice to see you featured here Joy :D
    You are a breath of fresh air :)
    Lots of love

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