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Discover poems by Jade and other contemporary writers in the publications below.


“Shore” is reprinted in Line Zero Involution, a collection of stories, poems, art, and essays from Line Zero’s first two years in print, published in June 2013

“Overheard from a window seat”

“Overheard” is written in loving memory of friend, Pennsylvania author, and irreverent genius James Buescher, and appears in The Monongahela Review, Issue 8, January 2013

“Our First Language: Why Kids Need Poetry” (essay)

Essay on the importance of sharing poetry with children, written for Wild River Review, September/October 2012

“Shore” and “Springtide”

“Shore,” an invocation of strength, is the Line Zero Spring 2011 Winner in Poetry, and appears with the dreamscape poem “Springtide” in Issue 3, May 2011

“slender moon […]” and “praise for overcast […]”

“slender moon […]” and “praise for overcast […]” were selected from hundreds of poems created by 350+ people during the January 2011 “A River of Stones” challenge: to notice one thing properly every day and write it down. This book of observations was published by poets Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita on March 3, 2011

January “A River of Stones” Poetry Tweets Wrap-Up @JadeBlackwater

Collection of small stones shared via micropoetry tweets @JadeBlackwater throughout January 2011 as a part of the “A River of Stones” challenge, reposted on Brainripples, February 8, 2011

“For Laure-Alda, from Francis”

“For Laure-Alda, from Francis” is the Forties Club Finalist #22 at the photo-inspired “Uncovered” Short Fiction Contest hosted by writer and photographer Jason Evans at The Clarity of Night, July 22, 2010

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“You, Friendly Forest”

Poems for the Festival of the Trees 49, for which host Yvonne Osborne encouraged contributors to muse upon a favorite tree, shared at Arboreality – Tree Blogging, June 27, 2010

National Poetry Month Twitter Wrap-Up from @JadeBlackwater

A reprint of micropoetry from @JadeBlackwater shared during April 2010 in celebration of National Poetry Month, posted at Brainripples, May 3, 2010

“When I become / quiet […]”

A photo poem shared as a part of the ongoing Monday Morning Muse series of creative prompts, posted at Brainripples, March 15, 2010

“Forest Song”

A meditative poem shared at Arboreality – Tree Blogging, October 28, 2009

Hear Jade read this poem aloud


A poem celebrating the pleasures of impermanence, shared at Anita’s Owl Creek Bridge, February 10, 2009

“Think Like a Plant” and “The Desire to Lead”

Two poems about acceptance and persistence in The Monongahela Review, Issue 3, February 2009

“Love Affair with the Santa Barbara Moreton Bay Fig Tree”

Photo poem for The Festival of the Trees 28: Art and Arboreality that features a big old tree in Santa Barbara, California, posted on Arboreality – Tree Blogging, Septemeber 28, 2008

“Waking Up the Dead Girls”

A poem creeping out of the shadows at Anita’s Owl Creek Bridge, August 4, 2008

“Stay True to Your Poetic Voice” (essay)

This article first appeared in the July-August 2008 issue of The Penn Writer, a bi-monthly newsletter published by Pennwriters, Inc., and was shared at the Brainripples blog, July 29, 2008

“On poetic evolution” (essay)

An early essay on the poet’s process shared on Brainripples, May 15, 2007

Responses to Jade’s poems

“If I’m waxing poetic, I think it must be because I followed your link to “For Laure-Alda, From Francis.” I know I read this poem when I first got your email, but it’s a testament to its power that I can read it again and again and get more from it each time. Wow, Jade.This poem is more vivid than the photograph that inspired it. I love that it’s a love letter framed in questions. Because doesn’t love ask us questions? It speaks to me of love reawakening in old lovers, reintensifying. The imagery is so powerful.” – Gretchen Lockwood, Writer