Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms

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Catherine Chandler By CatherineChandler Completed

This is my ten-form poetry submission to the first annual ATTYS competition.

All ten poems are related to the process of coming to terms with different life situations: a miscarriage, the death of a loved one in the Vietnam war; a political abduction; the ex-pat life; a battered wife; betrayal; Alzheimer's Disease; drought; isolation; a mother/daughter relationship.

Thank you for reading my submission.  I hope these poems "speak" to you!

I invite you to visit my poetry blog, The Wonderful Boat, at

Cover photo, "Transitions", by Catherine Chandler

Catherine Chandler

  • cinquain
  • ekphrastic
  • heterometric
  • list
  • quatrain
  • rondeau
  • sapphic
  • sonnet
  • villanelle
joy_reid joy_reid May 17, 2016
So much quiet dignity in this and such, measured control. Reminds me strongly of Gwen Harwood.
CatherineChandler CatherineChandler May 18, 2014
Thank you, Heaven. I appreciate hearing from readers as to how they reacted to my poems.  God bless!  Cathy
Victoria1Mason Victoria1Mason Jan 10, 2014
I'm sorry every one I'm very immature but as soon as I heard " weeping breasts " I dropped to the ground laughing and I couldn't read any more
licorice_drop_girl licorice_drop_girl Aug 14, 2013
Crooked smiles, accompanied by the apparance of ordinary days is one of my specialities...this is gorgeous!
TerriOwens TerriOwens Jul 31, 2013
I can feel the pain in every sentence. A brilliant read... Thank you!
sparky4 sparky4 Jul 12, 2013
I really enjoyed reading your poem. I'm taken there and the sense of loss is extremely effective.  The line 'I peel away the ceiling stars, unweave the year i'd entered on your christening dress' is fantastic