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Support poetry and the Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington, New York.

Join us on November 12th at 6:30 for a lovely evening of poetry via ZOOM.  It’s easy, poetically uplifting, and fun (plus it’s on ZOOM, so you can stay in your jammies).

I’ll be reading and playing keys (along with Mark Phillips on guitar) from a new spoken word CD.

Join (register with ZOOM) right here.

Times are tough and poetry might be the last thing you’re thinking about right now…but it shouldn’t be.

 

 

 

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Please join me on November 12th at 6:30 for an evening of spoken-word poetry and music.

I’ll be reading poems (with Mark on guitar) and playing keys from a new CD (yes, some of us still like CDs) entitled Music of the Forest.

The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (a fabulous place to visit if you’re in New York) will be hosting the event via ZOOM at 6:30 P.M.  Easy! You can attend in your pajamas.

Register here for the event!

More details to come…

Stay safe, Mary

 

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Isolating is certainly easier with music (and coffee). I recorded this song last week. Thanks to Mark Phillips (guitars and slide-mandolin) and to Nancy Romano (co-lyricist).

Stay safe everyone, Mary

 

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Blogging (for me) seems a bit trivial today with all that’s going on in our world.

This post is simply for the purpose of diversion.  Thank you to James Paul Wagner and Nick Hale of Local Gems Poetry Press for including me in this episode of Bards Virtual Poetry Readings (click below).

Enjoy.  And may God bless us….everyone.

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This month, I had the great fortune of attending the book launch for Linda Trott Dickman’s new poetry book, ROAD TRIP.

Written while she and her husband, David (also a poet), took a cross country trip, the book explores the “joy in traveling the roads and singing their song.”

I personally connected with many of the poems as I love the feeling of freedom during a road trip, the rhythm of the road itself, the sense of covering long distances.

I’ve enjoyed Linda’s work on the printed page as well as at poetry readings.  Her knowledge of poetry (she’s a retired librarian) is certainly impressive with diverse poetic influences, such as Lee Bennet Hopkins, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Gelett Burgess, Malcolm Guite, Joyce Sidman, Jack Prelutsky, Jane Yolen, Mark Irwin, and Dr. Seuss.

Linda’s poems are also written as poetic devotions: “From the very first poem I wrote, I had a prayer.  I wanted every first to be for the Lord.  My first published poem, Unretouched, was published in The Salt and the Light (a Christian literary journal).”

So, what’s next in print?  Here’s what she tells me:

“I’m excited, that one of my poems will be included in a new children’s anthology.  The poem was a dream come true from my longtime poetry hero, Lee Bennet Hopkins, who passed away this past August. I read him in the 70’s in college, I met him in the 80’s and we became friends on Facebook in the last couple of years.  I was courageous enough to ask him how one gets published in one of his anthologies and after he read a sample of my work, he invited me to write a very specific poem for a goldfish.  It will be published in one of his last anthologies from Eerdmans Press (a Christian press). So, my first published effort for children will be for a Christian Press!

I will love sharing this poem with children, as well as the other poems in the book. I am in amazing company.   During my many years as a children’s librarian, I taught poetry to children and they were among my best teachers!”

I’m thankful (as are many others) that she loves sharing her poetry too.  Below is an excerpt from ROAD TRIP:

Remedio

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, For Camilla

Soft upon mountains

Gentle on arid land

Seeking healing elements

Woven basket in hand

 

Mindful of creation

Pruning carefully

Gathering but what is needed

Leaving some for the bees

 

Boiling, blending, steeping

Wax and herb and lard

Combined in a concoction

For those whose work is hard

 

Cota, torito, and garra

escoba de víbora gleaned

blended for aching bodies

bathed in boiled water for tea

 

hands lovingly choose them

planning for years to come

Honoring creation

Honoring God’s green thumb

– by Linda Trott  Dickman

ROAD TRIP  from Local Gems Press is available now on Amazon.

 

 

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With all the tension in today’s world, a little poetry and humor is a welcome remedy.

This past Thursday, poets gathered at the Onyx Theatre in Oakdale, New York for an uplifting evening of poetry and the launch of Rhyme and PUNishment (yes, you read that right), an anthology of comedic verse in which one of my poems appears.

Below are some photos from the event.

Remember…

when the tough realities of the world are heavy,

humor can take away some of that weight.

Wishing you happiness — and lightness — for the holidays, Mary

 

 

 

 

 

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