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Published Poetry

By Publication Date

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Russell Willis emerged as a poet in 2019, beginning with the publication on January 2 of three poems in The Write Launch.  Since then, his poetry has been published or accepted for publication in more than 20 journals and nine anthologies.  In addition to the poetry described above, Russell has composed an extensive list of Christian poetry based on the Common Lectionary. In addition, much of Russell's poetry, secular and religious, lends itself to musical settings, especially for choral music. Use the Contact section at the bottom of the Home page to inquire about using Russell's poetry as lyrics for your musical compositions, to find out more about the lectionary collection, or to commission a poem.

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To Dream of Being Sky

October Hill Magazine

coming soon

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Résumé

Desire

Poet's Choice Press (2021) 

The Sighing Will Flee Away

Faith, Volume 1

The Poet, 2021

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Snake Tree

Tiny Seed Journal: Hibernation, April 21, 2021

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Sunburnt Love

Sledgehammer Literary Journal, April 7, 2021

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Meeting Ellie

Close Friends and Relatives

Poet's Choice Press (2021) 

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Que Será - Mother's Stare

The Write Launch

March 2021

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At the Edge (of a Lake)

Peeking Cat Literary

January 30, 2021

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Haiku (a child is to love)

Childhood, Volume 1

The Poet, Winter 2020 

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Starlight

Christmas 

The Poet, December 2020

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Voices from the Other Room

Snapdragon

Winter 2020

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Sunset

As Above So Below

Issue 6, 2020

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Shelter in Place

Corona Global Lockdown 

Poet's Choice Press, 2020 

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Quality Time with a Spider

Tiny Seed Literary Journal, June 4, 2020 

Thalia & Melpomene

The Write Launch

June 2020

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Not Mine To Be

Cathexis Northwest

Nov. 2019

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Of Joy and Laughter

Vermont's Best Emerging Poets 2019

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Life Dunes

The Write Launch

Issue 29 (Sept. 2019)

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The Path

The MOON magazine

August 2019

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Dream Chaser

Steady Hands: Ode to Our Fathers  (2019)

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Pondering How Best to Start

Snapdragon

Spring 2019

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A Train at Night

The Write Launch

Issue 21 (Jan. 2019)

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hope is not in spite of

American Writers Review 2021

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I Hear the Dawn in Birdsong

The Poet - Poem of the Day
May 26,  2021

Grace to You, and Peace

Faith, Volume 1

The Poet, 2021

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Handful of If

Vermont Public Radio: Be- tween the Lines, April 2021

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Unseparate

Intangible Magazine

Vol. 1 (2021)

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Stop It!

433

March 4, 2021

There Are No Words

The Write Launch

March 2021

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Tabletop Musing

Peeking Cat Literary

January 30,  2021

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Vermont Mountains

Tiny Seed Journal: Lessons from the Wild, 1/4/21

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Christmas Sky

Christmas 

The Poet, December 2020

Sent to our Rooms or Into the Streets

Fruits of our Quarantine

Wingless Dreamer, 2020

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This Between Time

Frost Meadow Review - Pandemic Poetry    6/24/20 

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We Never Used to Look

Corona Global Lockdown 

Poet's Choice Press, 2020 

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And So We Sleep

The Write Launch

June 2020

Not Remembered

October Hill Magazine

Spring 2020

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Danaus sentiensus

Cathexis Northwest

Nov. 2019

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Voices from the Other Room

Vermont's Best Emerging Poets 2019

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Just Do It

The Write Launch

Issue 29 (Sept. 2019)

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Stillness

The MOON magazine

August 2019

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Thank You for the Whispers

Gratitudes: To Our Mothers  (2019)

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Judge Not By What Makes Us Small

Esthetic Apostle

Feb. 2019

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Long Ago, Friday Nights in Texas

The Write Launch

Issue 21 (Jan. 2019)

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Live Oak Forest

Tiny Seed Journal: Forest Anthology, July 1, 2021

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Enough of Sadness (A Plea in Villanelle)

Last Leaves, Issue 2, 2021 (page 128)

Of Little Faith

Faith, Volume 1

The Poet, 2021

Chipped Stool

Atherton Review, Vol. 104 (2021)

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In the Between

Intangible Magazine

Vol. 1 (2021) 

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Peace

The Write Launch

March 2021

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Judge Not By What Makes Us Small

Second Chance Lit

Phoenix Project 2/26/21

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Scar

Childhood, Volume 1

The Poet, Winter 2020 

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So, So Small

Christmas 

The Poet, December 2020

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It's Worth the Mess

Meat for Tea - The Valley Review (Vol 14 #4, 2020)

Flooding Ol' Jim's Grave

Breathe

November 2020

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Caregiver's Lamentation

Corona Global Lockdown 
Poet's Choice Press, 2020 

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Lizzy's Sonnet

Grand Little Things

July15, 2020

Attic

The Write Launch

June, 2020 

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Poison Grapes

Snapdragon

Dec. 2019

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In That Moment

Vermont's Best Emerging Poets 2019

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Four Moves from Now

Meat for Tea - The Valley Review (Vol 13)

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Warning

The Write Launch

Issue 29 (Sept. 2019)

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Old Fire

Tiny Seed Journal

June 2019

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Cardinal Impulse

Tiny Seed Journal

Spring 2019

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Joy

The Write Launch

Issue 21 (Jan. 2019)

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Natural Theology

The Perkins  Log , IVolume XXX, No. 2 (Spring 1981)