cold light
radiant in cornfields
turning the looped leaves
molten, frost in the wings

rays caught, then deflected
along thin ridges
of audible cornleaves

light spilling fragrance
spice along the tongue
pungent familiar/new

light of the first day
answering
that intonation
Let there be…

Co-founder of Princeton’s Cool Women Poets, Carolyn Foote Edelmann was the first member of the Princeton community accepted into Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program. She studied with Ted Weiss, Galway Kinnel, and Stanley Plumly. Carolyn has photographed and written on nature/travel/history for The Times of Trenton, U.S. 1 Newspaper, The Packet Publications, and Jersey Sierran and New Jersey Countryside magazines.

Carolyn’s roles at D&R Greenway Land Trust include publicity, community relations, managing Willing Hands; as well as serving as curator of the Olivia Rainbow Children’s Art Gallery. If she were to have an epitaph, it would read, “I’D RATHER BE BIRDING!”

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