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Tea Leaves: a memoir of mothers and daughters by Janet Mason (Bella Books April 2012) is now available -- click here for more info

“There is something here for everyone who has ever loved someone else or plans to. I highly recommend “Tea Leaves” just because it is so real and so beautifully written.”–Reviews by Amos Lassen

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read Janet Mason's latest piece in The Huffington Post --Chick-fil-A: What Would Gandhi Do If He Were Gay?


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Three poems from a woman alone by Janet Mason have been awarded First Place in the Fourth Annual John and Rose Petracca & Family Award from the 2009-Volume 15 issue of Philadelphia Poets, chosen by Judge, Eileen Spinelli.

A presentation/reading of the winners has been scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 21, 2010, at Robin's Books, Center City Philadelphia, 110A S. 13th Street, at 3:00 p.m. *

Hitching To Nirvana, a novel of midife and adolescence by Janet Mason is now available on-line and from bookstores

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Three Poems from a woman alone

by Janet Mason

a woman alone
hears the cooing of pigeons
and the flap of wings
folding air;
she hears Cathedral bells
answering one another;
and morning light
sputtering traffic
into existence; a
woman alone is a city

a woman alone
is sun
into itself;
she is the deep
hues of pink
the violet line
between sky and sea;
her silhouette
a black hole
in the brilliant
world; a woman
alone is light;
she is the stars under her own feet


a woman alone
sits on a ridge;
she is the sea blue
doors watching
the dusk that is her
descent into
neon as she streams
toward mountains;
a woman alone
inhabits her own
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Lesvos, Greece, Sappho's Cliffs

I wrote these poems while traveling alone through Greece--in Athens, Delphi and the islands of Crete and Lesvos. My two main inspirations were Sappho and Odyseus Elytis, their slim volumes tucked in my backpack.






























a woman alone poetry book by Janet Mason

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(Cycladic Press $6 -- ISBN/1-882827-08-2)


The Fourth Annual John and Rose Petracca & Family Award winners include:

First Place: Three poems from a woman alone by Janet Mason

Second Place"Manhattan Schist" by Annie Rachele Lanzillotto

Third Place: "Thunder Rolling in the Mountains" by Richard S. Bank

Three special mentions:

"Microwave Love Songs" by Joan Jobe Smith

"Seized" by Barbara Daniels

"New York City: October 1, 2001" by Liz Abrams-Morley


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Click here to read Janet Mason's essay Lunar Eclipse from the 2009 vol. 15 issue of Philadelphia Poets

click here for Sapphics

click here to read commentary about Sappho in Lesbos, Greece