Slow Now with Clear Skies

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Moonpath Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.25 inches | 0.36 pounds

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About the Author
Julene Tripp Weaver is a Native New Yorker who moved to the northwest in 1989. She is currently a writer and psychotherapist in Seattle, Washington. Her two poetry books include her chapbook, Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and No Father Can Save Her (Plainview Press, 2011), which has autobiographical poetry about family and women's sexuality based on her experience growing up during the sexual revolutionin New York City. Her undergraduate degree is in Creative Writing, her master's degree in Counseling. David Whyte's book, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words, helped Julene create an entry point to access her own vulnerability. In addressing vulnerability in his book David writes, "The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability, how we become larger and more courageous and more compassionate through our intimacy with disappearance, our choice is to inhabit vulnerability as generous citizens of loss, robustly and fully, or conversely, as misers and complainers, reluctant and fearful, always at the gates of existence, but never bravely and completely attempting to enter, never wanting to risk ourselves, never walking fully through the door." Julene Tripp Weaver worked over twenty years as an AIDS case manager, an Adherence Counselor, and in AIDS education. In addition, she is a founder of the Babes Network. Supporting their early move to become a nonprofit, she led the committee that came up with the slogan, "A Sisterhood of Women Facing HIV Together," and served as their second Board President. She started the Health Corner Column in their newsletter where she wrote articles about health and healing using an herbal complementary approach, another one of her interests that she has studied widely. In addition to poetry, Julene is writing a memoir and one of her creative nonfiction pieces is published In The Words of Women International 2016 Anthology by Yellow Chair Press. She studied fiction writing with Tom Spanbauer, who trademarked "Dangerous Writing." Julene Tripp Weaver's poetry is widely published in many print and online journals, including Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & South Review, Cliterature, Menacing Hedge, Red Headed Stepchild Magazine, Snow Monkey, Nerve Cowboy, The Far Field, The Seattle Review of Books, The Unprecedented Review, and HIV Here & Now. Julene's poetry has also been chosen for many anthologies including: Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS, The Poeming Pigeon Poems on Music, and in Ice Cream, and Bang! Follow her on Twitter @trippweavepoet, on SoundCloud, and check out her website:
Julene Tripp Weaver, a writer, retiring psychotherapist, and herbalist, follows the Wise Woman Tradition in Seattle where she resideswith her life partner and their many books.

There's something going on here. She's done explaining. Done justifying. Done worrying well. She's wailing. Grieving. Believing. Bringing her healing

powers. Her nurturing. Her whole wise woman self. Looking unflinchingly at this life. After plagues and pandemics. After war. After global ecological

ruin. After injustices. After loss after loss. There's a surge of possibilities: Survival. Gratitude. Incantations. Touch. And most of all-hope.

-John Burgess, author of Punk Poems

I must/ slow down, touch earth, find/ the smooth stone in my pocket... These lines are at the heart of both Julene Tripp Weaver's poem, "Safe Space," and her necessary poetry collection. Weaver uses images from her own life and the viruses that plague our world to witness suffering. And to acknowledge that all of us have been changed over the Covid years. Everyone lives on a spectrum/ of health and neuroticism, she tells us.

She offers no easy answers to how we might heal in a dangerous world when even our closest relationships might betray us. My mother never enters at the right/ time, even in my dreams, she confides. Yet she writes that all of us can find back doors/ into the body after illness, loss and the hauntings of memory.

In post-pandemic America, this is the book I needed to read. Weaver, an herbalist, knows we and the earth can heal together. Find channels that soothe. ...Send anxiety into the earth. One of these channels is poetry.

The title of the collection comes from the final line of the poem "I've Lived Through One War." She rallies us with the lines: We must ask/ new questions, find unconventional answers...It's time/for massive change.../ Our planet, slow now with clear skies.

-Joanne M. Clarkson, author of Hospice House