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Beth Paulson lives
much of the year in a small mountain town in southwestern Colorado, but
still calls Pasadena and Cal State Los Angeles home, where she formerly
taught English for over 20 years. In Colorado she writes, teaches
writing workshops, directs local poetry events, and is a columnist for
Ouray Plaindealer newspaper.
In much of her work Beth takes her inspiration from the natural world, looking in it for the answers to our human questions. However, city experiences, memories, and the arts inspire her writing as well, and her poetry shows the complexity and interrelation of all these aspects of human life.
Beth’s poems have been published in a number of small magazines, including The Climbing Art, Idaho Connections, Clark Street Review, Trestle Creek Review, Herb Network, Buffalo Bones, Mountain Gazette, Hard Row to Hoe, Sunstone, The Kerf, Welcome Home, Writing on the Edge, Tapestries, Mad Blood, Blueline, Shemom, and Blind Man’s Rainbow.
In addition, her work appears in the recent anthology Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) and will appear in Plains, Deserts, Canyons, Mountains: Women Write About the Southwest (University of Texas Press, 2006).
Beth has two collections of poems, The Company of Trees (2004) and The Truth About Thunder (2001), both published by Ponderosa Press. She also produced a CD with Tone Mesa Studios, By Stone, By Water (2003).
Beth has read and performed her poetry in several venues in Colorado and in Southern California.
House of the Heart
Except for Crows
“A heartwarming realist,
Beth Paulson offers poetry that combines exquisite detail of the outer
world and a deep human insight. These are poems of admiration and
praise—a beautiful vehicle that allows us to re-enter the world
with new eyes.”
“Within the quiet
and calm of this voice is an invitation for one to listen, the share
the flames, fireweed, ashes, smoke, sorrow—the beautiful moths of
a poet’s vision.”
poems connect keenly observed sensuality with deeply felt spirituality,
connect what is wild and ancient with what is human and present.
© 2006 Beth Paulson
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