Jeannine Hall Gailey
Jeannine Hall Gailey served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She’s the author of five books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and Field Guide to the End of the World, winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize and the SFPA’s Elgin Award. She’s also the author of PR for Poets: A Guidebook to Publicity and Marketing. Her work appeared or will appear in journals such as American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her web site is www.webbish6.com. Twitter and Instagram: @webbish6.
Planting Camellias as an Act of Resistance
“ When I wrote this poem, I was thinking of something positive I could do in the face of so much injustice and horribleness in the news, as well as struggling with my own disability with MS. I was thinking of how to feel empowered, and how to leave behind something good. Sometimes we feel so powerless in the face of evil and tragedy; this was my reaction to that. ”