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The 49th State
Jean Colonomos


heart throbbing
heart stopping Alaska

description defying Alaska

the rootin’ tootin’
yer darn tootin’ gleaming greenery

of heartbreakingly beautiful Alaska
where all that is sacred reigns.


© by Jean Colonomos.
Used with the author’s permission.



Jean Colonomos began her career in the Arts as a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. She lived and breathed dance and then wrote about it for various publications in New York City during the 1960s and '70s; during this time, she also became a poet and playwright. Jean's work has been published in several journals and her most recent chapbook is Art Farm. She lives in a small mountain town In Southern California. Lear more about her at



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Kathleen Carlson:
If you haven't been to Alaska, go! It is exactly the place and the experience Jean Colonomos has expressed here.
Posted 03/12/2016 09:11 PM
Wonderful, breath-taking poem! --And what a great idea to look at poetry by states!
Posted 03/07/2016 03:55 PM
And long may it reign! Duly dazzled :)
Posted 03/07/2016 03:19 PM
Enjoyed this poem on Alaska.
Posted 03/07/2016 01:58 PM
The "YDP Express?" I love it!
Posted 03/07/2016 09:27 AM
I love the simplicity of this poem.
Posted 03/07/2016 07:20 AM
Makes me want to go to Alaska. Very expressive writing. Magnificent.
Posted 03/07/2016 07:08 AM
Stunning. It's simplicity shines brightly. Thank U, Jean. Great idea Jayne. Visiting places upon the YPD express..
Posted 03/07/2016 06:31 AM

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