About the Author

Betsy Hearne is a professor emerita at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (ehearne@illinois.edu).  Among the books she has published are Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs and Seven Brave Women for children and, for adults, A Narrative Compass: Stories That Guide Women’s Lives (2009), co-edited with Roberta Seelinger Trites. Her academic website is at http://people.lis.illinois.edu/~ehearne//


In slightly different versions, six poems reproduced here first appeared in Betsy Hearne’s Love Lines: Poetry in Person (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1987): “Love Lines,” “Doctor,” “Gifts,” “Song,” “Memorial Day DC-10,” and “Perennial.” Nine poems were published in the author’s Polaroid and Other Poems of View (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 1991): “Swans,” “Starfish,” “Lakeside Haiku Cycle,” “Haiku at Sea,” “Things,” “Manly Mythology,” “Penelope,” “Story Born,” and “Rabbit.” “Flight” was published in The Horn Book Magazine, May/June 2005. All poems are © Betsy Hearne, 2009.


Thanks to Elizabeth M. Claffey for her photograph of the Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park, http://www.elizabethclaffey.com/.

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