News Flash! THE ORCHARDS Has Published Poems by Sally Nacker and by Me

I am so happy to share the news that one of my favorite publications, The Orchards Poetry Journal, has just published its third issue, and it includes three of my own poems: “The Widow Dreams of Sweet Breezes;” a sonnet, “Transportation;” and a villanelle, “To a Former Friend Whose Affections Are Withdrawn.”

Making this publication even more of a pleasure to me is that my friend, Sally Nacker, also has two lovely poems in this issue: “Robins” and “Night Snow.” (And our contributor notes are next to each other.) Regular readers will recall posts on Sally’s collection of poems, Vireo, and on her scholarship on the work of Amy Lowell.

I took the images here on recent trips to one of my favorite museums. These apple blossoms, offering up the most delicate and slightly spicy fragrance, were photographed in the courtyard of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. They seemed to me an appropriate complement to the spirit of The Orchards.

You can enjoy this new issue of The Orchards online now,  including not only an interesting group of poems but an interview with their first featured poet, Siham Karami. And you can also look at the first two issues of this fine publication. After all, what is more delightful than a lovely day in June, unless it is a fine June day with the music of a new poem!

Happy Reading!       Leslie


News Flash! THE ORCHARDS Has Published Two of My Poems: “Knot Garden” and “Christmas Season–Lake Charles”


I am very excited to share the news that two poems of mine are included in the recently published issue of the online poetry journal called The OrchardsI took these images in honor of their winter issue.

Wishing you all joy and color as we move toward the Winter Solstice,








Newsflash: My Poem, “Still Life with Poppies” is Reprinted in the Inaugural Issue of THE ORCHARDS

Orchard Tree

A few weeks ago, I received a surprising email.

Karen Kelsay, the poet who also publishes other poets’ work through Kelsay Books (including my own recent collection of elegies) let me know that she was launching a brand-new online journal called The OrchardsShe asked if she could reprint the title poem from Still Life with Poppies: Elegies.

My answer? Wow! Of course! Never before has a journal editor contacted me about reprinting a poem. Furthermore, everything Karen does has substance and beautiful finish.

The Orchards was published this week. It is, as I anticipated, sensitively arranged and beautifully presented. Each poem is a new surprise. A special delight to me was to read the wealth of sonnets as well as some villanelles that left me dazzled by the possibilities of these forms I love.

Karen plans to publish The Orchards three times a year. I am already looking forward to reading the next issue in December. Thank you, Karen!


(P.S. I took these photos of apple blossoms in Northfield, Minnesota, and the ones of the apples at an orchard in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin.)

Dress with Apple Blossoms

Rose and Wasp

Orchards Two

Enjoy some luscious poems!     LESLIE