The Poet and the Poem
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Featured John Berry
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John Berry lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with his wife, Brenda, and their wonderful little dog, Molly. A woodworker since his early teens, John teaches private woodworking basics now, and officiates weddings with his wife through their company, Sacred Celebrations. After putting aside a lifelong addiction to alcohol at the age of 47, John rediscovered his first love, poetry, and published his first chapbook, Wobbly Man, in 2016. His second and third collections: Medicine, and The Lawnmower Poems were published by Foothills Publishing in 2017 and 2019, and his work has appeared in publications such as The Blue Mountain Review, The Sow's Ear Review and various anthologies. His poem, Human Beans, won an honorable mention in the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred contest in 2021, and was published in Parabola magazine. His latest work, The Broken Poem and Other Strange Ideas About God is available at www.thesockdrawerpoet.com.