Thursday Book Feature: One with Willows

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One with Willows

By Joan Myles

Copyright 2019.


The poems in this little volume reflect on spirituality, nature, and other topics. Some have reference to certain aspects of Jewish culture, and notes with more information are included. An introduction explains how poetry sustained the author after her vision loss.

I met Joan a year or so ago when she joined Behind Our Eyes, an organization of writers with disabilities, of which I’m now president. Despite being totally blind, her poems display such vivid imagery. Each piece’s title gives you a basic idea of what it’s about. My favorite, “Tire Swing,” transported me back to a time when my father rigged a similar contraption in our front yard when I was growing up. Also, I found her glimpses into Jewish culture fascinating. Even if you’re not Jewish, these works should resonate with you, and this book is definitely not a long read.


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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at:

12 thoughts on “Thursday Book Feature: One with Willows”

  1. What a treat to be featured on your blog, Abbie, thank you for your thoughtful presentation of my work! Blessings and sweetness for a lovely day!

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      1. I’m so glad. And the poem “Tire Swing” is one of my favorites as well…with the flashback references to childhood play and the tug of spiritual growth. Thanks again!

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