“she was completely whole and yet never fully complete” ― Maquita Donyel Irvin

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The Dalai Lama says that the world will be saved by Western women. Not any women, perhaps not all women, but Burning Women. Women who have stepped out of silence and into the fullness of their power. Angry women who love the world and her creatures too much to let it be destroyed so thoughtlessly…

sylvia’s hair

Her hair in a box decapitated like her thumb top was what memories does that hair hold? Sunny days in the water off Nauset perhaps and sharks washing up in yards after hurricanes or that toe big as a Frisco seal? This cut is a bloodless beheading and I stare in fascination a member of…

I fell in love

I fell in love with an older man (he 40, me 19) many years ago. He was an intinerant teacher, with an artists’ soul. It seemed he was driven by something deeper than I could ever understand, with a deep seated sadness that I now understand comes from being worn out by life, perhaps not…


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poet, diarist, writer, teacher, woman, fragile, strong, northern life is my domicile, my barbaric yawp exudes against the tide