My Assailant

December 16, 2013 Poetry Comments Off on My Assailant 335

Working Notes:

In 1992, I was living in Los Angeles and decided to volunteer to answer calls on the LA Rape and Battery Hotline. At the first training session, all the volunteers went around and introduced themselves. As each woman before me stood up to speak, she said her name and then added that she identified as a survivor of sexual assault. After three or four women spoke, it hit me for the very first time – I had been a victim of domestic violence and was also a survivor. For 13 years, I had downplayed and denied the abusive relationship I had once been in. The supportive women of the LA Commission on Assaults Against Women (now Peace Over Violence) helped me to work through what had happened to me. Writing about an intimate and personal perspective of terrorism was a part of that process.

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Cycle

December 16, 2013 Poetry Comments Off on Cycle 349

Working Notes:

The large and small cycles of my life – those I go through and have gone through – are what inspired “Cycle.” My body is/has been a vessel for the cycle of menstruation and of violence, and those cycles possess an almost unstoppable force that recurs. The poem also reflects on the larger cycle of life – birth to death.

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New Jersey Spring

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Working Notes:

For a time I commuted from New York City to New Jersey on a regular basis and would see the same landscape day after day through the train window. One day, I looked out on a scene that was littered and abused and summoned up a glimmer of hope.

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To Walk in LA

December 15, 2013 Poetry Comments Off on To Walk in LA 161

(2013 Pushcart Prize Nomination)

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