"Love you. Keep it up. "
"Sing on, beautiful poet-friend! "
"Looking forward to the poems!"
Lunch Break at Kara Tepe Refugee Camp|
I find the bin with spanakopita,
ferreting our the one with
I wish I craved olives, so many
I settle for pomegranate juice
and a brick of feta.
These I bury in my backpack
and then hike to the loading dock
for a sit.
There are no olive trees for shade
just the blisters of the full
I take off my sandals,
feeling the scorch of the
My hands drip with olive oil
and flakes of phyllo dough.
Peacock anemones carpet the
Winged sea lavender blooms
onto the rocky shore.
As I climb back up the hill,
I long for someone to kiss
my pomegranate lips.
I’m inviting you to come on a poetry adventure with me. I’ll be writing 30 poems in 30 days during July 2020. A beloved friend and teaching colleague , Poet Laureate Dr. Laura Apol , will be embarking on this writing journey with me. We will be each other’s inspiration as we are cheered on and encouraged by your support. We are participating in this fundraiser for Tupelo Press— an outstanding press that celebrates emerging and established writers from diverse backgrounds. Read below to discover more about Tupelo Press and their support of Poets...
Here’s a little background on my writing life...
After having taught middle and high school English for 32 years, Marianne is now nurturing her own creative spirit. Retired from the classroom, she occasionally engages in Field Instructor work with various universities, supervising education interns in the classroom. Marianne has also taught classes in Social Coaching for autistic adults. Further, she has spent three summers in Guizhou Province, teaching best practices to teachers in China. She has also received Fulbright-Hays Awards to Nepal (2003) and Turkey (2009). Marianne was recently a finalist in the Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize at Michigan State University. She also won the Poetry Prize and the Genre Prize at Jelly Bucket Literary Magazine, receiving a Summer Residency Award at Eastern Kentucky University (2017). Marianne participated in Marge Piercy’s Juried Intensive Poetry Workshop (2016) as well as Anita Skeen’s Narrative Poetry Workshop at Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Further, Marianne received First Place Poetry Prize with ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere). Marianne’s poetry appears in Muddy River Poetry Review, Belle Reve Literary Journal, Jelly Bucket Literary Journal, EastLit Magazine, Remembered Arts Journal, Ophelia’s Mom, and Literary Orphans, among others. Most recently, she has poetry published in Unmasked: Women Write About Sex and Intimacy after 50. addition, Marianne has poetry in We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart and Humor, which was awarded a Silver Medal by Independent Publisher Book Awards. Currently, Marianne is a flute playing vocalist, learning to play the ukulele, who is raising four daughters. She shares her life with her partner Scott, whom she met in Istanbul while studying in Turkey. She has a collection of poetry forthcoming in 2021 from Shadelandhouse Modern Press.
Your support will give me vital inspiration as I write for thirty days this month. I feel that Tupelo Press has published some of the finest poets being published. I have especially admired the work of poets like Maggie Smith and Ilya Kaminsky who is being honored this year with the Anisfield-Wolf Award.
For the30/30 project, Tupelo Press provides the canvas, I bring my words, accompanied by other fine poets, writing thirty poems in thirty days, all ours to edit and submit as we wish. 30/30 poems have been taken by over 90 journals and featured in over 40 published chapbooks, all so Tupelo Press can keep publishing exquisite and diverse voices that might never be heard otherwise.
Every dollar gives me confidence to write more, and helps the press place more poems in gorgeous books. Help me to help this distinguished press. Give today!
My fundraising goal is $350. If you would like to support me for one day of this journey, that would be a donation of $11.67. I will acknowledge your kind and generous support by dedicating that day’s poem specifically to you on the Tupelo Press 30/30 site. I’ll also send you a handwritten thank you note via the nostalgic route of snail mail....Hoping you will donate and support this poetry writing adventure!!!