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Biography of Joseph Mayo Wristen

Joseph Mayo Wristen

Joseph Mayo Wristen (1951 - Present)

Joseph was born in Toppenish Washington and has lived in the Northwest off and on for most of his life. At the age of seventeen, Joseph had hitched hiked throughout the NW and California, and until the age of twenty six he spent most of his time traveling Europe and North America.

During this period of his life he worked many odd jobs, where he meet many interesting people. Joseph attended classes at a variety of schools; Fairhaven in Bellingham WA., Madison Film School in WI., Evergreen College in Olympia WA. and others.

His first full time job was selling encyclopedias and children's books. Since then he has worked for a number of companies in the solar energy industry, recreation properties sales, the telecommunications industry, the security software industry,and as a Real-Estate Agent.

Until just a few years ago no one other than his closest friends and family had seen his work. At his youngest daughter's request he decided to publish three books; one for each of his children. Just A Dancing Bear Looking For A Star, Dead Dreams, and The Code.

Joseph has just completed Painting with Words, his fourth book of free verse, which features his work The Wall.

Joseph presently lives in Southern California with his wife, Michele, and their six children. He is currently working on his newest collection of poetry, there is a dead man living in the kitchen which will include his third play ‘The Meeting”.

Works from each of his first four books are posted on the American Poems website.

If you wish to contact Joseph his email address is josephwristen@hotmail.com



23 Poems written by Joseph Mayo Wristen

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First LineComments
12 crows sitting across the street Comments and analysis of a birds song heard in a dream by Joseph Mayo Wristen 20 Comments
A Holy Spirit here on Earth has touched our heart. Comments and analysis of an Angel from Heaven Came to Earth by Joseph Mayo Wristen 2 Comments
a leaf falling in the air Comments and analysis of Thinking of You by Joseph Mayo Wristen 11 Comments
Abstract people visiting sand castles Comments and analysis of Abstract People in Pink Castles by Joseph Mayo Wristen 1 Comment
arched entrance way to
Cup of Words
I am the Raven Comments and analysis of Voices in the Night by Joseph Mayo Wristen 4 Comments
I live in this small squared apartment,
I was there with the young men who danced to OZ.
Love Comments and analysis of magic to change the world by Joseph Mayo Wristen 10 Comments
my heart looking back Comments and analysis of Valentine by Joseph Mayo Wristen 12 Comments
my insanity Comments and analysis of i waited and watched by Joseph Mayo Wristen 2 Comments
ocean wave moving across sail crape rays
Old man rocking in his chair Comments and analysis of Old Man Rocking In the Chair by Joseph Mayo Wristen 5 Comments
Sara Comments and analysis of Child of Jesus by Joseph Mayo Wristen 3 Comments
she looks at the world from Comments and analysis of Ghost Shadow by Joseph Mayo Wristen 2 Comments
Stretching across the landscape Comments and analysis of Earth Water Air and Fire my beliefs and an Incantation by Joseph Mayo Wristen 2 Comments
The man who walks beside the prophet
The nights are lonely here without her,
the possibilities of our love
The voice of a dead poet Comments and analysis of An Epithet for the Dead Poet by Joseph Mayo Wristen 3 Comments
the walls of a city
The window opens to a ledge. Comments and analysis of A Spirit Shows me the Year 2332 by Joseph Mayo Wristen 11 Comments


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