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Janet Butler

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Janet Butler recently relocated to the Bay Area, Oakland, California after a career as EFL teacher, translator, and watercolor painter in central Italy, where she lived for many years. While in Italy she collaborated with Dr. Romeo Giuli in the translation of his poetry from 1997 to 2003, and a selection of these poems was published by Solveig Publishing, Siena, Italy. After this collaboration, Ms. Butler dedicated herself to her own creative writing. Her poetry has been published in several editions of Scrivener's Pen, in FrontStreet Review, Ken*again, which also published four of her watercolors, Tilt (UK), Underground Window, ForPoetry, SubtleTea, The Surface, JMWW, Prose Toad, Underground Voices, Carnelian and others. Sage of Consciousness will present Ms. Butler as featured writer in an upcoming fall 2005 edition. Her poems and watercolors may be seen at: http://www.janetleebutler.com

Other works by Janet are available for reading in the archives.


shades of dark
in blood-red wine
tints that stain
the holy cup
with odors seeping
from nether worlds

the stench of death
mingles to taint
the breaking of the break
the blessing of the wine

shadows crouch in corners
of the somber, shaded room,
thickening to a dusk
that settles, heavy,
on a poised and waiting world

Copyright ©2005 by Janet Butler