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Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author and essayist. These poems are from her thirteenth chapbook, Tripping with the Top Down, which will be published in April, 2017 by Foothills Publishing. Her chapbook, Where the Meadowlark Sings, won the 2014 Encircle Publication’s Chapbook Contest, and her collection, Love Me Tender in Midlife, was released in 2015 as an internal chapbook in IDES from Silver Birch Press. Other fairly recent work has received the Women’s National Book Association’s Poetry Prize Best Individual Collection from Purple Patch magazine in England for Stroking David’s Leg and the San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Contest winner award for Red for the Funeral. Ellaraine teaches poetry workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh. She lives in Sunnyvale, California but spends copious amounts of time yearly in Montana and New York City.
The following work is Copyright © 2017, and owned by Ellaraine Lockie and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
While Waiting Outside Pete’s PizzaRia
A cockroach comes from the sewer grate
………I’m ten again
A vibrator buzz emanating from a bee
………I’m a freshman in college again
Five minutes later the cockroach is buried
I can’t suffer the sound any longer
Home of the Brave
The daughters don’t have bars
I imagine hummingbirds
The hate graffiti on pavement and garages
And now that they are buying a house
Dan lives quietly in Pontiac, Illinois, tending to home and garden. His poems have been published in The Writer’s Journal, PKA Advocate, Nomad’s Choir, PoetrySuperHighway and others. His work is also included in several anthologies. He has written off and on for a number of years and has written three chapbooks – Musing, Your Star and Other Poems and Random Tales.
The following work is Copyright © 2016, and owned by Dan Fitzgerald and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
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