This past weekend I was delighted to perform my poetry at the Walt Whitman Birthplace as part of the first event for the “Walking with Whitman” poetry series, hosted by George Wallace, 2011-2012 WWBA Writer-in-Residence.
My new web site is under development, and is going live in January 2011. On it, you will find events listings, book information, and some of my featured poems. My book store is now active! All of my books, including limited-run chapbooks and my fictional novel, “The Delaney : Journey to Banba“, can be purchased…
I’ve just returned from the 2011 AWP (The Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Annual Conference and Bookfair. The highlight of AWP, for me, was participating in a Saturday morning panel: The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project.
I have become the Cultural Curator of the Long Island Violin Shop. Our inaugural LIVS Fourth Friday Studio Series event: “Long Island Bards’ Tribute to the Bard”, featuring music and poetry, was a tremendous success!
Poetry of mine has been included in Toward Forgiveness : An Anthology of Poems, edited by Gayl Teller, Nassau County Poet Laureate (2009-2011), and published by Writers Ink Press
You were greedy for the baptism of language.
You heard the syllables around your crib,
That splashed while you slept—
Echoed in your ears
Give me the deeper pearls beneath the sand—
The hidden shells, the buried rings,
The calluses that mar your weary hand,
Give me your eyes when you are all alone,
When all your shows of strength are put to sleep—
I like the honest mystery of things.
The trills of a Spanish guitar,
bitten by a syncopated rhythm,
drive into my body.
My entrada, my entrance has come.
I have waited years for this—
and I enter in an eight-panel cobalt skirt,
black leotard, nailed shoes,
the pale-haired dancer in the mirror of dark women
There was a proper Ladybug who loved to smile and stare
at her beautiful reflection. She thought she was as rare
and pretty as a wild rose – especially her spots.