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Review Of My Book In The Washington Independent Review Of Books

Deeply grateful to Leeya Mehta for her lovely and thoughtful mini-review of Inheritance Of Aging Self at the end of her review of Joy Harjo’s new book at the Washington Independent Review Of Books! You can read the review here.

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It’s Almost Here!

Look what I was working on this weekend! Inheritance Of Aging Self is just about ready to go to the printer and into the mail. Thanks to all of you who have purchased copies so far, I really appreciate it, they should be in the mail to you in early October. I will be posting information on fall readings next week.

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How Did I Go From Writing The Teen Talk Column To Writing For The Senior Section??

When I started to think about how to market Inheritance Of Aging Self I read every article and book I find about the topic. One suggestion that clicked was to contact your hometown newspaper. For me that was an Oh Snap moment because I had been a columnist for one of those newspapers way back when. Which led me to send an email to the current publisher of the Arizona Jewish News, Shannon Levitt, to let her know that 50 years later, one of their Teen Talk columnists was still writing and attached a press release about my book.

She promptly wrote back and asked if I’d like to do a guest column for the wait for it…senior section. Which in an I feel so old sort of way makes perfect sense, so I accepted her kind offer. Then I tried to remember something about my experience writing that column way back when which was when I realized that I had kept those columns. And there they were, the original newsprint versions, carefully saved in my file cabinet.

I had a lot of fun writing my guest column, weaving in the history with a bit about my book, which includes a number of poems, a number of which were inspired by events and people that were part of my Arizona landscape.

You can read my romp down memory lane here, and below in all it’s glory is a pic of me from my Teen Talk days.

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Video from Poets vs The Pandemic Reading

I was delighted to have the opportunity to read at Cafe Muse’s Poets vs The Pandemic series last night, along with Ann Bracken and Miles David Moore. Great thanks to Henry Crawford and Karren Alenier for hosting this wonderful series. I read from Inheritance Of Aging Self as well as a newer poem about quilting. Have a listen below. My reading starts at the 40 minute mark.

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Poets vs The Pandemic Reading July 21rst

I will be reading along with Miles David Moore and Ann Bracken at the July 21rst Poets vs The Pandemic reading sponsored by Cafe Muse. The reading begins at 7 pm and will last for an hour. I’ll be sharing several poems from Inheritance Of Aging Self as well as a pandemic poem or 2 and some new work.

The readers were chosen based on all of us being poetry reading organizers, Ann is one of the organizers of the Wilde Readings in Columbia, MD and Miles was the force behind the long-running Iota readings in Arlington, VA, and I founded the DiVerse Gaithersburg (MD) reading. As I’m sure they will both agree, it is always fun to be the reader and not the organizer every now and again. Many thanks to Henry Crawford for all the work he has done to organize this series. Read more about MIles and Ann here.

The reading will be on zoom and you can register here for the link. It will also be available later on You Tube because as Henry pointed out in an email, one of the purposes of the series is to “document DC area poetry during the pandemic.” As a huge fan of documenting things, I’m so glad that they are doing this because our poetic voices during the pandemic are an important part of helping us to make sense of what we’ve all been through.

Come join us for a wonderful evening of poetry!

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How I Chose the Title Of My Book

As I believe is the tradition, I chose “Inheritance Of Aging Self” as the title of my book through a process that involved auditioning 556 different options (by auditioning I mean throwing darts at them and playing eenie meenie miney mo), meditated, consuming substances that I shouldn’t have, and enduring months of angst and sleepless nights.

Despite that unfortunate process, I think the title of this volume is a good descriptor of what’s inside the cover. It is also the title of one of the poems which is based on a conversation that I had with my mother a few years before she passed. I was visiting with her and we were getting ready to go out. She was taking awhile and I went to check on her and found her in front of her vanity brushing her hair and staring at the mirror. I asked her if everything was okay and she threw down the brush and angrily told me, “I do not know this old lady”.

She had developed some memory issues over the years and when she said that, I was badly panicked that she had just taken some precipitous leap further down that path. Cautiously I asked her what she meant. Her reply was one of the most righteous rants ever about how she still expected to see her sixteen year old self when she looked in the mirror. When she saw her elder self instead, it was like seeing her grandmother and that pissed her off! So we spent a few minutes shouting out all the things that pissed us off about growing older and we both felt much better and went on about our day. That conversation inspired the title poem as well as another poem in the collection, “Mirror Image”.

Here is the title poem as it was displayed recently in the Maryland State Arts Council’s “Identity” exhibition.

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Quilty Book Swag

With Inheritance Of Aging Self now available for pre-order from Finishing Line press, I wanted to come up with some fun book swag. Fortunately we quilters tend to have a lot of fabric scraps around that are begging to be put to good use. So some of mine became handmade patchwork bookmarks that are going to people who pre-order my book and tag me on social media to let me know they’ve ordered the book! Before I sent them out, some of them posed for a group photo:

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Title Poem From My Book In “Identity” Exhibit

I am delighted to have the title poem from Inheritance Of Aging Self (Finishing Line Press) in the Maryland State Arts Council’s Identity exhibit. Much as we all miss being able to physically attend exhibits, this is a gorgeous online experience, and a very nicely curated collection of both visual and written work, online until April 6th, please check it out!

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My Full-Length Poetry Collection Will Be Published Next Fall

I am delighted to announce that my full-length collection of poetry, Inheritance Of Aging Self, will be published next fall by Finishing Line Press. This book has been a few years in the making (I had to grow old-ish to write it!) and sooner or later I’ll probably write a longer description blurb, but for now I’ll just say that the title is a pretty big clue about the subjects that I tackle in these poems.

As we get closer to publication, I’ll be sharing a lot more about the book, and over the next few months will be tweaking this website and endeavoring to be a bit more diligent about social media, so stay tuned. And I should also mention that the book will be available for pre-ordering beginning this summer (a lot more about that later).

If you would like me to share a few of these poems at a reading, please get in contact, I’d love to discuss that with you!

One last note–as some of you know, I have also been actively creating art again after a long hiatus, working now in improv quilting and I am going to be posting some pictures of my quilts and more about my work here on this blog starting very soon. For now, I’ll leave you with a detail picture from a quilt that I titled, You Are Here, Or Maybe There. No guarantees of how long it will stay there, but as I write this, a larger detail of this quilt is also in the banner on my Facebook page. More coming soon, I’m still working on the photos.

You Are Here, Or Maybe There (detail) by Lucinda Marshall

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