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There are times when I’m surprised by the things I see, always in unexpected places, usually far from home: the memories they evoke …

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a small town where                                        sunflower cafe
we stopped for coffee
and, across the road
the museum

old notices on the door
tarnished brass handle
paint-chipped walls
window frames faded

in the window
a display of dolls
sailor, Spanish, bridal dolls
full-skirted, embroidered
smiling, straight-faced
but one … … one
I had owned
in childhood

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an early version published in Tower Poetry

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willow treegirl8The Willow Tree Girl for ages 7-11 … Weston doesn’t miss a beat as she untangles past and present, ghosts, missing treasure, and her heroine’s longing for success.

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About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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