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I will be continuing to work with Mersey Care and North End Writers — until March, at least; I am now Poet-in-Residence at Open Eye Gallery — developing my previous work there as their first writer-in-residence — but concentrating more on my own poetry in response to exhibitions and new initiatives. I submitted my PhD last month and will have my Viva on 18th January I am rethinking my writing life and how I can earn money to support my family. How do I consider my worth in terms of work, working as a freelance writer and teacher — when everything is so competitive?

He will be 80 next year and found a way to manage without work, without money. When my mum and dad divorced at the end of the 80s after nearly 30 years of marriage he was — in effect — homeless — and managed to get a Council flat because the marital home when sold was in negative equity. My mum worked as a teacher until her late 60s and has had a very different kind of life since her divorce from my dad. She was ambitious and — although they were married when they were 17 and 19 — she worked and went back to school — did her O levels and A levels at night school — then went to Teacher Training College.


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She started teaching in her 30s and became one of the first Advanced Skills English Literature teachers in Halton. She went on to lecture in Education at Liverpool Hope University. She has always worked and earned. My work includes the following just now: University teaching, delivering a writing, wellbeing and photography project, co-ordinating a writing project on World War 1, developing my own work and research in socially engaged practice, voluntarily managing North End Writers, working as Poet-in-Residence at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, continuing as Writer-in-Residence at Open Eye Gallery.

In addition I am working on a book proposal about the American poet, Frank Bidart and re-visiting and correcting my latest poetry collection. Although I know I am lucky in many ways it is oppressive to be constantly worried about money and bills. Something will have to give.

I still have four of my six children at home and we always struggle to have holidays or manage Christmas, or even sometimes getting to the end of the month and cover basic housekeeping. I think a lot of people are facing the same kinds of difficulties. But I want to be able to support my family properly and perhaps repair the house a little. My two sisters are teachers — my elder sister retired as a Headteacher last Summer.

In many ways I am the odd one out because of writing — and because of having had six children. Perhaps I should just keep going with what I am doing and hope for the best? He explains why this is necessary, as previously noted: None of the words are different. The four-line refrains he refers to is as follows: Its memory is of poverty, not merely poverty of means but poverty of history, of awareness of the ways men have found to live.

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When I tell you that all the years we were undergraduates I was madly in love with you you say you knew. I say I knew you knew. Happy birthday, Professor Bidart. The undernourished crowd sighed to see the new unfortunate, as though the playing out of power were as good as a cold repast. Thank you, Billy Collins, for being the first to give me permission to just enjoy the words. The words are fun to say. That one is OK for kids. Andrea, my dad loves Robert Service, too.

He writes rap lyrics now and composes music, so something about all that reading and performing and enjoying definitely stuck. This is so encouraging, Maureen. I keep hoping that all my reading and enjoying with my kids will stick, too, somehow. Read Where the Sidewalk Ends. I have read it to both my daughters and they loved it. Time and again, we hear this from poets, writers, and readers who share their Journey into Poetry with us. So, read a poem to a child today. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

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You can also subscribe without commenting. About Latest Posts. Kimberlee Conway Ireton. Why not keep it going—for you, and the world? Plus, you'll get access to our totally cool book clubs! Comments oh! I love this! Just Googled it and found Johnny Cash reading it! Interior book design by Margaret Copeland, terragrafix. Of the Americans who died in the shocking murder-suicides of November 18, , in the tiny South American country of Guyana, a third were under eighteen. More than half were in their twenties or younger. Within a year, most had been sent to join Jones and other congregants in what Jones promised was a tropical paradise based on egalitarian values, but which turned out to be a deadly prison camp.

Set against the turbulent backdrop of the late s, And Then They Were Gone draws from interviews, books, and articles. Many of these powerful stories are told here for the first time. I'm grateful to the authors for these insights. Judy Bebelaar, photo by Laurie Bell Bishop. Ron Cabral, photo by Rita Cabral. Judy Bebelaar was a founding teacher of Opportunity High School in San Francisco where she taught creative writing and English classes, Native American studies, and co-taught a cooking class.

Judy is a prize-winning poet, author of The Widowers' Handbook , and coordinator of the Expressions Gallery reading series featuring teachers of writing, in Berkeley, California, where she also makes her home. Visit her website for more information about Bebelaar and her publications. Ron Cabral is a retired school principal and teacher. Ron is married with three grown children and five grandsons.

He lives in Contra Costa County. Released December Poems by Constance Rowell Mastores. Book Design by Margaret Copeland, terragrafix. Only a rare poet can deftly blend the elegiac with humor, wonder with rootedness. Bay Area poet Constance Rowell Mastores honed her skill through acute observation of people and nature, as well as by soaking in the diverse voices of the Modernist tradition. At last we can understand the great and sad. Why she must be beautiful. Why she. After completing her thesis on Wallace Stevens, directed by poet Josephine Miles, she left for Europe to study for a year each at the University of Florence and the Sorbonne.

Her work has been widely published and earned numerous awards. Poems by Juan Sequeira. Book design by Margaret Copeland, terragrafix.

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The poems of Juan Sequeira bring to life the journey of an immigrant man who navigated many obstacles before achieving his dream. Abandoned by their father and reduced to poverty, Juan, his brother and sisters emigrated from Nicaragua in They settled in the Mission District in San Francisco with their mother. He is also a father of a teenage son, Juan Carlos, a budding poet. In America, Familia, Nicaragua, Amor , he celebrates the sources of his pride. Along with poems of love for family and lushly beautiful descriptions of his Nicaraguan homeland, there are poems that describe the new immigrant experience and challenge all Americans to value our immigrant heritage.

Christian love. I am an immigrant also. Juan's poems reached into a part of me that I keep secret and sacred, and left me raw. Mi Tierra is both profound and tender, a book of vividness that transcends both realism and surrealism. You don't just read about the lush warmth of Nicaragua or the cold heat of the Mission District, you feel them. The poems about his mother's death and his son's growing up are almost unbearably moving. There is wisdom and love, but also earthiness and hilarity.

At the age of 7, he emigrated with his mother, brother and sisters to the United States, after the family was abandoned by their father. With ambitions to attend medical school, Juan had to overcome prejudice that -- as one counselor told him -- "Latinos don't do well in academia. Juan published two previous poetry books: Marimba Dreams and Jaguar Footsteps.

His son, Juan Carlos, now in high school, is also a budding poet. Released September The Self-Evolution Spa. Poems by Bruce Bagnell. Front cover: Untitled painting by William Bagnell. Reading this book, I had the feeling of being in the company of a wise and learned person who observes the political nature of experience and has the good sense to laugh. Such incisive poetry is impossible to over-praise.

Bagnell creates shifts in mood and flow seamlessly, with form a balanced mix of long and short poems and the multitude of experiences from childhood to adulthood that encompass a life time. His vivid descriptive language guides us through the underbelly of America — Oakland, New York, or Ohio — all decaying. With each astute word, he shines a light on the places where they still let you hide. Our eyes linger on the cardboard boxes huddled beneath the overpass in his asphalt forgotten world. Whether in Ohio or California he exposes the bitter hard core of America.

And, over it all, the ever-present crows and raptors hover or scratch their way through the rubble. He has worked as a cook, mechanic, and college professor, and has held various management positions including running a car dealership. Besides writing poetry he co-hosts a longtime reading series called Poetry Express in Berkeley, California.

Released February Amateur Mythology. Poems by Dale Jensen. Paperback, perfect-bound, 6x9. Like the ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes, Jensen shows how our narratives are constructed of wooden beams, porous walls, dishes in disarray, and distorted mirrors. Maybe all there is to fear is that there is nothing to fear. Amateur Mythology is a rare poetry fun-house created by a master of language using the marvelous tools of words, commas, and sentences.

He also ponders the inevitability of death and the permanence of love with the advice to, 'walk away holding it forever. He has published seven poetry books and three chapbooks, including his most recent: Auto Bio and Yew Nork. Released January Design by Margaret Copeland, terragrafix.

Everest, West Ridge Direct, Back cover sketch of John Hart by Geoff Bernstein. Author photograph on page by David Sanger. From the Yale Review. Hart is a strange poet, temperamentally and stylistically. The frequency of Christian allusion, the odd perceptions jolted into dream-like dislocations call to mind Robert Lowell, not his Life Studies, but the Lowell of the s, surrealist and Catholic At the same time, Hart is a poet capable of drawing the threads of his attention together into luminous transactions with a visible and secular nature He shows more than amateur skill in handling traditional meter and rhyme, surely the most daring approach to poetic form nowadays.

How many other new poets of the s can write convincing rhymed tetrameter couplets or poems in terza rima? This is clearly an independent spirit, and to be encouraged. John Hart of San Rafael is the author of sixteen books including two books of poetry. Phelan Award. Hart works privately with the poets known as the Activists in the San Francisco Bay Area, pursuing a poetic tradition stretching back to the s. He also co-edits the durable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn , now completing its fourth decade.

In his day job as an environmental journalist, Hart has garnered sundry recognitions, notably two Medals in Californiana in the Commonwealth Club Book Awards. And, he climbs. My Dad Believed in Love. Poems by Catherine Elizabeth Dana. A loving tribute to her father and to the pain of watching him slip away. The beauty of her words triumphs over the bleakness of the nursing home and the profound sadness of her loss. Cathy Dana. Released November The Harsh Green World.

Poems by Robert Coats. With a foreword by Daniel Marlin. At the core of The Harsh Green World is that very "green" world of nature -- weather, mountains, wildlife, water, soil, rock.

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Unpredictable as it may be, in its droughts, storms, turbulent rivers, and inescapable heat, this world is the supportive base for one who can hold Earth close and dear -- with respect for its need for order and protection. The poems share a beautiful equanimity with nature through this remarkable poet's keen senses.

The Harsh Green World is also a study of relationships -- especially that territory between men: grandfather, father, sons, and friends. The reader is taken into a place epxressed in gestures, tools, and shared exploration more often than in words. Finally, there are poems that share disgust and horror at what people do in the name of politics o position but even here, the poet's tenderness often wins out over rage. His narratives are strong and sure, his endings poignant and memorable, and there are no missteps. I love his comfortable, lyrical use of language and the heart in every poem.

Joyriding on an Updraft. Poems by Deborah Dashow Ruth. Book and interior cover design by Margaret Copeland, terragrafix. Joyriding on an Updraft c hronicles a life in poetry spent very much in the spirit of its title. Deborah Dashow Ruth has been steadfastly paying attention, catching poems as they come in all manner of guises, holding on for the ride, and expecting joy. Deborah Dashow Ruth, a long-time supporter of the poetry and theatre communities in the Bay Area, reveals a voice both playful and bemused in this retrospective collection.

The poet revisits the moments of her life with humor, nostalgia, and insight. Her poems show a mastery of styles, from free verse to villanelles, sonnets to concrete poetry. Poems by Bonnie Thomas.


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Released June Paperback, perfect-bound, pages. Berkeley poet Bonnie Thomas has long practiced the methods of the well-known Activist group of poets first inspired by Lawrence Hart and continued by his son, John Hart, of the Hart Institute in San Rafael. The techniques require intense observation and sensual reporting, foregoing the easy reliance on traditional metaphors. Her work is deliciously sensual and atmospheric, using the conceit of the cycle of the year through both the vegetal and human worlds. In Sun on the Rind, there is a convergence of influences from Gerard Manly Hopkins to Wendell Berry, themes of spirit, body, and what it means to be a "living thing" in a world of lived things: animated, curious, provocatively acted upon and acting.

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The contract, broken and the future, dormant. The small uncertainties. Still, all is in motion. The node of the branch, insects in from the cold. One quiet emergence as we come to our light, speak out our full name. The invitation we must never decline. Bonnie Thomas. My Story in Poem. Inspirational Verse by Cheri Coleman. Released April ISBN At age 49, Cheri Coleman found herself facing a cancer diagnosis and economic uncertainty and knew it was time to get out of her toxic marriage. Through a process of open-hearted self-examination, she achieved clarity aboout what she needed to do.