Keyhole Conversations continues our National Poetry Month series with poet Colleen Kelly Johnston reading poems about Ireland and family relationships.


Colleen Kelly Johnston is a woman who people might not immediately recognize as a poet, as she has been a political activist most of her adult life. One aspect of that activism was her involvement with the Feminist Movement. Her essay, “I Didn’t Play with Dolls,” was published in Radiating Like a Stone: Wichita Women and the 1970s Feminist Movement.

In the last few years, though, Colleen has been a serious writer of poetry and, as a result, her poems have been published and won awards all over the country.

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.    —Voltaire

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  1. bdtharp Says:

    Colleen, You did a wonderful job. Your poetry is amazing. And Bonnie is right, you say so much in so few words. Thank you for sharing your work with us. -BD

  2. Diane Wahto Says:

    Colleen–As you may remember, my computer has no sound, but you look really good. I’m glad you got to share you excellent work.

  3. Gordon Says:

    Sorry I didn’t comment earlier on your poetry, Colleen. We love and miss you, dear friend!

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