Janet’s Poetry

Janet’s 2018 book – Feathered Dreams: celebrating birds in poems, stories & images 

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2019 self-published chapbook – What is the Boiling Point of Clouds? Poems of the Southwest  by Faith Kaltenbach, Andi Penner, and Janet Ruth


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This haiku was published in the 2022 Poets’ Picnic chapbook.

winter sky
not even the lining
is silver


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Three poems — “Houses of Bones,” Nightingale’s Song,” and “Sonnet for a Ukrainian Child” — were published in Red Penguin’s anthology Where Flowers Bloom: poems and essays of strength, hope and resilience (2022).  All the money from sales of this book goes to supporting Ukrainians.    https://redpenguinbooks.com/where-flowers-bloom-poems-and-essays-of-strength-hope-and-resilience/


The following haiku was published in the Spring 2022 issue of Wales Haiku Journal.

armfuls of moonlight
I want to know the name
of this tree


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The haiga (above – with Janet’s artwork from a sumi-e brush class last summer) and the following two haiku were published in the Spring 2022 issue of Akitsu Journal.

red mesa wedge
between sage and sky
the earth split open

wrong hue
for surrender
last geranium


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“Scar” was published in the inaugural issue of Fixed and Free Quarterly (Vol. 1, Issue 1), March 2022.


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Houses of Bones,” and this collage above of the same title, were published in Oddball Magazine on 7 March 2022.


This haiku was published in Cold Moon Journal on 23 February 2022.


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“Dancing in the Dark” was read at the 2021 Winter Solstice Candlelight Poetry Reading in Placitas, NM on 19 December 2021 and subsequently published in the associated chapbook Dancing in Darkness to Carry the Light.  The chapbook can be downloaded at this site  http://www.lasplacitaschurch.org/ministries/winter-solstice-poetry


“Shimmer” (and my associated photograph of Couch’s Spadefoot tadpoles) were published in Tiny Seed Literary Journal on 17 December 2021.


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“Dark River” was published in Anthology Forest: a collection of poems honoring the forest by Tiny Seed Literary Journal (2021).


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A jointly-written rengay “Beside a Fountain” (written by Janet Ruth, Scott Wiggerman and Claire Vogel Camargo) was published in Tandem: The Rengay Journal in October 2021.


“Pear Wood” – a sestina — was published in the Fall 2021 Issue (Offerings of Compassion) of the Blue Heron Review.


Sacred Datura” was selected as a finalist in the 2021 Fischer Prize poetry contest held by Talking Gourds Poetry Program (Telluride Institute); the guest judge was Donald Levering, Santa Fe.


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“Across the Great Divide” was published in Diane Lockward’s new book The Strategic Poet: Honing the Craft ( Terrapin Books, 2021) as an example poem for one of the prompts.


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Four poems — “Fireflies,” “Ode to Corrales NM at a Change of Seasons,” “Sparrow Lady,” and “Lucille and Ruby” were published in the Fixed and Free Poetry Anthology 2021 (publisher/editor – Billy Brown).  In addition, two collaborative poems by her writing group — The Prickly Peers — were also published in the anthology — “Prickly” and “Six Ways of Reading Eudora Welty.”


This haiku was published in the Summer 2021 Issue of Wales Haiku Journal.

tattered moth wings
against the window pane
my father’s mind


“Dust and Blood” was selected as Honorable Mention/Contributor (finalist) in the TulipTree Review 2021 Wild Woman Contest and published in the Spring/Summer 2021 Issue.


“Bright Feathers in Moonlight” – an ekphrastic poem after the painting “Woman with Blue Parrot” (Josef Maria Auchentaller, 1949) – was a finalist in the Bird Watching Contest held by The Ekphrastic Review in May 2021.  You can scroll down on the contest finalist page to find my poem and the artwork it is tied to.


Deliverance” and “Dark River” were published in Tiny Seed Literary Journal on 26 April 2021 and 21 July 2021 respectively.


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Stealing Fire” was published in the anthology MOVING IMAGES: Poetry Inspired by Film (Before Your Quiet Eyes Publications, 2021).


Janet was a featured reader on the monthly (26 January 2021) KAKTUS Poetry Reading Series hosted by Jules’ Poetry Playhouse.  Click HERE for a link to the Youtube recording.


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Aurora Borealis Ghazal” was published in House of Cards: Ekphrastic Poetry, 3rd edition (Poetry Playhouse Publications, 2021). All the poems were written to the art of Denise Weaver Ross.  This poem was written to Denise’s painting titled “Aurora Borealis” (right hand picture).


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Winter Solstice Rising II” was read during the Winter Solstice Candlelight Poetry Reading on 20 December 2020 in Placitas, NM, and published in the chapbook, Night Songs within the Great Pause (2020).


“Into Being” was published in Tiny Seed Literary Journal on 19 December 2020.


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“Slipping Through My Fingers,” “Looney Tunes Sestina,” and “Sharing Solitude” were published in Sestina Troubadours: Writing in the Labyrinth (Poetry Playhouse Publications, 2020).  This anthology was a Finalist for the 2021 AZ/NM Book Award in Poetry.


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Counting Backward Toward Before” was published in the anthology, New Mexico Remembers 9/11 (Artemesia Publishing, LLC, 2020).


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What I Remember,” an ekphrastic poem after “Old Woman Saying Grace” by Nicolaes Maes (above, right) was published in The Ocotillo Review‘s Summer 2020 issue.


“Metamorphosis: A Little Death” was published in Tiny Seed Journal in August 2020 as part of their theme on pollinators.


This video of Janet reading her poem “Gold” is posted on the Adventure Poetry Channel, 2 June 2020.  It was created by Seadog Studios and Steve Sanders; they added the images and music to a recording of me reading my poem at the National Federation of State Poetry Societies annual convention in Santa Fe in June 2019.  “Gold” was initially published in my book — Feathered Dreams: celebrating birds in poems, stories & images (2018, Mercury HeartLink).


“Third Heart” and “Desert Poet Invocation” were published in Offerings for the Journey: Poems for Stewart S. Warren (Poetry Playhouse Publications, 2020).


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“The Door to Night is Ajar” was published in Sin Fronteras Volume 24, 2020.


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“Boneyard Rising” was published in 22 Poems & a Prayer for El Paso (Dos Gatos Press, 2020)


“Dream of Trees” was published in Tiny Seed Literary Journal on 16 March 2020.


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“Homage to W. S. Merwin: Glosa in Six Voices Based on “The Solstice” , a collaborative poem with Janet’s Albuquerque Prompt Group, was published in Unlost: Journal of Found Poetry & Art Issue #20 in February 2020.  It also includes a collage (at left) that Janet created with images and lines from the poem.


Butcher Bird” was published in fall 2019 in Spiral Orb, Volume 15 Literary Inventory of Organ Mountains/Desert Peaks


“My Mother’s Garden” was published in Fall 2019 in Santa Fe Literary Review, Vol. 14.


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The Plunge” was published in Loon Magic and Other Night Sounds anthology (Outrider Press, 2019).


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“extra words” haiku published in 2019 Poets’ Picnic: a celebration of Nature, Calligraphy, Music & Poetry, Open Space Visitor Center.

extra words drift
away like autumn leaves —
writing haiku


Various Forms of Happiness” (an erasure poem using lines from Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) was published in May in Unlost: Journal of Found Poetry & Art, Vol. #17.


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In May 2019, recordings of Janet reading four of her poems — “Moving,” “On a Rio Grande Oxbow in Autumn,” “Shimmer,” and “The Universe is Expanding” — were included in the new Telepoem Booth at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe, NM.


Flying” was published in February 2019 in The Ekphrastic Review.


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Caregiver” and “Lights Out” published in Missing Persons: reflections on dementia, edited by Deb Coy (Beatlick Press, 2019).

“The Flower of Her Amazement” (a cento in homage to Mary Oliver) first published in Unlost:  Journal of Found Poetry & Art, 2 December 2018.  Posted on the NaturePoem list-serve on 23 January 2019.

“This Season and What is Alive” published in Manzano Mountain Review, Winter 2018

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Out of the Park,” “Beachhead,” and “The List
published in Fixed and Free Poetry Anthology 2018
edited by Billy Brown

“first coyote” published in The Heron’s Nest, September 2018.

first coyote’s
wild ululation
then there were ten

What Lies Beneath” published in The Ekphrastic Review, 29 June 2018.

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“raven” and “yellow petals” published in 2018 Poets’ Picnic

raven shouts coal-black thoughts
can’t get no satisfaction

yellow petals fly
goldfinch reaps sunflower’s
black heart

“Blue River (Rio Chama) – a Word Painting” published in The Ekphrastic Review, 27 February 2018.

“Arson” published in bird’s thumb, June 2017 issue


Las Desaparecidas en Albuquerque” published in Santa Fe Literary Review, 2017

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Canticle to Change,” “Metamorphoses,” and “Safety” published in VALUE: Essays, Stories & Poems by Women of a Certain Age, Beatlick Press 2017

[NOTE: artwork in “Metamorphoses” is by Janet Ruth]


“marigolds” and “night fills” published in A Poets Picnic 2017

pungent in my thoughts
do not forget us

night fills with
spadefoot toad syncopation
monsoon hip-hop


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“autumn” published in Earthsigns, 2017.

autumn beneath sycamores
fallen stars litter the ground



Waiting” and “Like a Prayer” published in WATER: a Poets Speak Anthology, 2017, Beatlick Press, and Jules’ Poetry Playhouse Publications.


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“wilderness” published in Wilderness: land untrammeled, 2017.

windswept spaces
with feral dreams


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Owl Dreams” published jointly online in Grey Sparrow Journal, and hardcopy Snow Jewel, Winter 2016-2017, both Grey Sparrow Press.


“Swift Angels” published in HERS: a Poets Speak Anthology, 2017.

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