In her latest book, Oskaloosa, Iowa, resident Jean Saxton channels her decades of reflection on life, nature, art and more into expressive poetry. Three Deep Breaths is her second book published with the Write Place and is available at area shops, Painted Daisies in Oskaloosa and Beacon Antiques in Beacon.
Jean Saxton has always loved writing, but she didn’t turn seriously to poetry until she received a surprising gift from a friend—a book of haikus. Though Jean’s three-lined poems aren’t traditional haikus, they provide the perfect form to encapsulate her thoughts on everyday life and the world around her. “I hope Three Deep Breaths will provide many hours of enjoyment and tranquility to my readers,” said Saxton. “Each poem is meant to be read not just once, but slowly and repeatedly.”
Saxton was born and raised in Ida Grove, Iowa, but lived in five states throughout her fifty-four-year marriage to Norval Saxton (Sax). Now widowed, she spends her time writing, antiquing and decorating her retirement home in Oskaloosa that she shares with her rescue dog Sophie, as well as visiting with her friends, two children and seven grandchildren. She continues to write poetry and hopes to publish another poetry book later this year.