Jeanne Emmons penned her first poem in kindergarten. Hand-drawn, Crayon colored flowers rimmed the edge of the page. Written to her mother, who kept the note, it said, “You are pretty. Deep, deep pretty.”
She’s been crafting lilting lines of life’s musings ever since. Her fourth collection of poetry, called “The Red Canoe,” is due to come out in August.
“I never really thought I would be a poet, a published poet,” she said. “I just thought I was writing for myself.”