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Relationship: A Poetry Book by Janice Greenwood. Cover.

Relationship: A Poetry Book by Janice Greenwood

In her debut poetry book, Relationship, Janice Greenwood explores what it means to be in relationship—with oneself, with others, and with the world. The poems follow the course of a relationship from desire and passion, to early love, to the familiarity and companionship of a long-term relationship, to marriage, and finally through the stages of loss, breakup, divorce, and nostalgia that follow. This poetry book explores the relationship between the human and natural world, the relationship between art and poetry, the relationship we have with the past, and our relationships to things, animals, and ideas. Ultimately, Relationship is a book of poetry about self-acceptance, self-discovery, self-love, growth, healing, and the transformative power of heartbreak. In the absence of the beloved, the writer writes, the artist creates. The book is itself an art object, meant to be held, touched, seen, and felt. Styled like a medieval manuscript, with gold leaf backgrounds, natural figures, and hand-typed poetry accompanied by watercolor art by Greenwood, Relationship is an ode to the physical book and a commentary on our changing relationship to books in print. Just as a lost relationship exists in the past, so does the physical book comment upon our increasingly digitized world. Weaving together myth, medieval motif, art, and poetry, Greenwood takes her readers on a journey through love, and ultimately on a journey through hope.

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Poems from Relationship: A Poetry Book

Here’s a look inside Relationship:

The Path. Poem from the poetry book, Relationship. Janice Greenwood.
The Path. Poem from the poetry book, Relationship. Janice Greenwood.

The Path

The way you doubted

was there all along

a wake in the sea.


“7 Must Read Hawai’i Poets.” Honolulu Magazine.

“Women May Be Out-Competing Men at Jaws.” The Inertia.

“Climbing Out of Divorce.” Climbing Magazine.

“Memory.” Tusculum Review. Volume 11, 2015.

“Pyramus and Thisbe: Alternate Cut.” The Antigonish Review. Volume 46, Number 181.

“Something Like Metamorphosis.” The Antigonish Review. Volume 46, Number 181.

“Like Caryatids in the Sun.” Prairie Fire. Volume 35, Number 4.

“Bipolar.” Painted Bride Quarterly. Issue 90.

If This Statement is False, My Heart is Beating.” Everyday Genius.

“Predromal.” Cider Press Review.  Volume 16, Issue 1. 2014

“After the Wedding.” Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry. Spring 2014.

“The Star-Nosed Mole.” The Cortland Review. Issue 61, 2013.

“Patience.” Baltimore Review. Summer 2013.

 “Sublimation.” Cider Press Review. Volume 14, Number 2, 2012. (Nominated for the Pushcart Prize)

“The Sound of Ice Melting.” Cimarron Review. Issue 179, Spring 2012.

“Mercy.” New England Review. Volume 32, Number 4, 2011-2012.

 “Tempest.” DIAGRAM. Volume 11, Number 6, 2011.

“Iconography: Gardening.” ARC Poetry Magazine. Winter 2010.

“Iconography: Omphalos.” ARC Poetry Magazine. Winter 2010.

“Iconography: My Father on the Road to Arcadia.” ARC Poetry Magazine. Winter 2010.

“Wheat.” Western Humanities Review. Summer 2009.

“If I Could Leave.” Western Humanities Review. Summer 2009.

“Para Mi Hija.” Southeast Review. Volume 27, Number 1, 2009.

da Lentini, Giacomo. “Madonna, dir vo voglio.” Trans. Janice Greenwood. Center for Literary     Translation, 2007, Website. <http://centerforliterarytranslation.org/CLT-DW JaniceGreenwood.html>.

“from Rimbaud in Hell: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.” New England Review. Volume 28, Number 3,  2007.

“from Rimbaud in Hell: L’HÔPITAL DE LA CONCEPCIÓN MARSEILLE.” New England Review.         Volume 28, Number 3, 2007.

“from Rimbaud in Hell: THE POET IN BRUSSELS.” New England Review. Volume 28, Number 3, 2007.

“from Rimbaud in Hell: ODE TO MY BODY, BURIED.” New England Review. Volume 28,          Number 3, 2007.

“from Rimbaud in Hell: POET WORKING ALL NIGHT.” New England Review. Volume 28,        Number 3, 2007.