So I Will Remember: Poems by Julene Waffle

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Woodland Arts Editions, 2020 - American poetry - 28 pages
A chapbook of poems which the author describes as follows: We are who we are because of the lives our ancestors lived, the choices they made, and the decisions the world made for them. So I Will Remember captures the beauty and turbulence of the past and present in order to vividly populate a future for when memory fades. A loving and widely applicable tribute to grandparents, parents, self, and sons.

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Truly beautiful writing with thoughtful and effective pacing. Waffle has the ability to recall her grandparents and parents with intimacy and respect through her poetic memory of moments in time. These poems reveal striking bits of her life, leading the reader to reflect and remember key aspects of our own lives.  

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Some of these poems are extremely emotional - they were for me, anyway. Julienne has a wonderful voice that resonates with me as a woman, a daughter, and a mom. She writes from a raw place in her soul that, paradoxically, soothes.

About the author (2020)

Julene Waffle is a teacher in Morris Central School, in a rural Upstate New York community. She has been an adjunct lecturer in Education at SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College. At Morris, she advises several clubs and coaches the varsity softball team. She's active in her church and local scouting unit. She co-owns Colonial Ridge Golf Course in Laurens, NY, with husband Jeff Waffle and mother-in-law Mona Waffle. She is a mother of three sons, three cats, two dogs, and a fish; and she'd probably mother more, if she had room. She earned a BA in English with emphases in American Literature, Writing, and Education, as well as a Religious Studies Minor at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. In addition, she earned her MS in English Education from Binghamton University. Her work has appeared in The Daily Star, The English Record; River, Blood, and Corn: Literary Journal, A Community of Voices, and an anthology of poems entitled Planet in Crisis (FootHills Publishing, 2020). She deeply hopes her work speaks to others it has spoken to her.

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