Tag Archive for poetry

New Poem: Bleeding Out

Great thanks to Mobius: The Journal of Social Change for publishing my poem, Bleeding Out, which talks about terrible costs incurred when children are the victims of gun violence.

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2 New Poems About Children And Gun Violence

Many thanks to Reuben Woolley for publishing 2 of my poems on I am not a silent poet. It Wasn’t My Child and Conversation After The Fact are part of the collection of poems that I am writing about children and gun violence. I hope that some day these poems read as dated relics of a dark period in our history. Unfortunately, for the time being, they are all too relevant each and every day in this country.

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New Publication: You Can Hear The Ocean

Just in time for an end of the summer beach read (or early holiday shopping: I am delighted to have my poem, “Ebb Tide” included in the new anthology, You Can Hear The Ocean: An Anthology of Classic and Current Poetry, published by Brighten Press, edited by Gene Hult. You can purchase the book on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions and includes a reading guide for teachers and book clubs! I haven’t gotten my copies yet, but I am quite thrilled to find my work included in a collection that also includes the likes of a few poets whose work you may know–Shakespeare, Browning, Dickinson, Emerson…and more!

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3 New Poems In Foliate Oak

Many thanks to Foliate Oak for including three of my poems in their March issue. The poems are Mirror Image, White, and My Grandmother’s Tea Cups.

Fun bit of insider information–my maternal grandmother had a collection of tea cups that she kept in a glass front cabinet. She was a coffee drinker, but she didn’t use those cups for every day use. I wish I knew more about how she happened to collect them. After she died, I kept 2 of the tea cups and they sit on my bookshelves today.

My paternal grandmother drank coffee as well, but she also appreciated a good cup of tea and was the one who allowed me a sip of her jasmine tea. So while I wrote the poem referring to a singular grandmother, it is really drawn from my memories of my visits with both of them.

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Another Great Poetry Reading!

Thank you so much to Ann Bracken, Cherryl T. Cooley, Vivek Narayanan, Matthew Ratz, and Sarah Ann Winn for sharing their wonderful poetry at the 2nd Gaithersburg Poetry Reading!  And thanks too to The Gallery at Chesapeake Framing for providing us with a great venue.  I am working on getting more readings scheduled, stay tuned!

Ann Bracken

Cherryl T. Cooley

Matthew Ratz

Sarah Ann Winn

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New Poem–Just The Facts

In the midst of this national crisis of fake news, disinformation and pathological lies, it is an honor to have my poem, Just The Facts, published by The Turnip Truck(s) Writers Resist series.  This poem was first read at the Arlington, VA Writers Resist reading.  In this rather dark poem, brevity speaks to our processing of the bombardment of ‘information’ that we endure on a daily basis.

In a comment on their Facebook page, the editor describes the poem saying that it “cleverly reflects our unsettling, distorted political reality”.  That certainly is what I intended.

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2 Poems–Ground Fresh Thursday

Thanks to GFT Press for including two of my poems, Furies On An Airless Night, and Tea Drinking Before Eulogy in the first Ground Fresh Thursday of the year.  2 additional poems will appear in their spring print addition, stay tuned.

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Reading At The Writer’s Center

Thanks so much to everyone who came out for the reading at the Writer’s Center despite the icy weather!  It was a great afternoon and it was fun to see so many friendly faces!

Many thanks to my son for taking this great picture.

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New Poem: Patriotism Reconsidered

Many thanks to Indolent Books for publishing my poem, Patriotism Reconsidered as part of their Transition Poems project in response to the election.  This is how it starts:

My anthem is the serenade of birds…

Click the link for the rest of the poem.

 

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I’ll Be Reading A Few Of My Poems At…

The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD is celebrating it’s 40th birthday on Saturday December 17 from noon-5pm.  I’ll be reading several of my poems as part of the Reading that will begin at 3:30 in the theater.  If you’re in the DC area, please join us, should be a terrific afternoon.

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