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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Born in Maghera, County Derry, Northern Ireland, Jo Burns is a 39 year old biomedical scientist and mother of three. She has resided in Chile, Scotland, England, and now lives with her family in Germany.
To date, her poems have been published by A New Ulster, The Taj Mahal Review, Greensilk Journal, The Artistic Muse, Poetry Breakfast, The Galway Review, The Honest Ulsterman, featured in The Irish Literary Times, Poetry NI P.O.E.T Anthology, Dove Tales Anthology Identity, The Literateur, Lakeview International Journal of Arts and Literature, and is forthcoming in Four x Four, and Poetry Pacific. Two Pamphlets Picasso's Women and Verm├Ąchtnis were highly commended by Munster Lit Fool For Poetry Chapbook Competition 2016. Her work has been longlisted for the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year 2016.

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Dora Maar, The Weeping Woman

It's my turn, cigar ember stubbed out by his shoe.
He immortalizes that which he's formed me into,
A souvenir stub of holidays he took into my gut.
My entirity, a teardrop of his paint on a brush