Jean LeBlanc

Skating in Concord ($15, 6X9″, 82pp, ISBN: 978-1-937536-80-0, Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-131-2, LCCN: 2014946379, July 2014, Purchase on Amazon): These poems take readers into the world of Henry David Thoreau and his circle of acquaintances: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Louisa May Alcott. These poems also bring Thoreau into the present, imagining him as a living entity in our lives—and with him comes a renewed appreciation for the beauty of the world around us, a world in which astonishment animates every moment. To read these poems is to be “nose-deep in life, too busy for the leaving of it.”

Jean LeBlanc grew up in central Massachusetts and still connects her love for nature and literature to the landscape and history of New England. She now lives and teaches in northwestern New Jersey, returning to her native place via poetry. Her collections include The Haiku Aesthetic: Short Form Poetry as a Study in Craft (, 2013) and At Any Moment (Backwaters Press, 2010).


“Today’s book of poetry: Skating in Concord” by Michael Dennis: July 31, 2015.


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