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Pam Davenport, who writes in the deserts and mountains of Arizona, earned an MFA at Pacific University in Oregon after teaching for over thirty years. Her chapbook, A Midwest Girl Thanks Patti Smith (2019), was chosen as the winner of the Slipstream Chapbook Competition. Pam has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was recipient of the Arizona Authors’ Association Annual Award for Poetry. Her poems have been published in various journals and anthologies, including Nimrod, Tinderbox, Slippery Elm, Poetry of the American Southwest, Chiron, New Verse News, and Pittsburgh Poetry Review.
The following work is Copyright © 2020, and owned by Pam Davenport and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
Some Women’s Bodies
When my daughter gave birth I rubbed her downy arm
I Am a Desert
There is a perception that the desert is emptiness, desert is nothing.
I yip at the night until coyotes yowl back,
and poems to my neighbors.
Utter effortless unadorned words under a gold-tinted
Connect magnetic momentary clarity
Collect olives and peace, warm breath in my face, hot spittle,
I stop wearing makeup, love my face again
I wash my feet beneath a low hanging sun,
Mornings nothing makes sense and I at last give up on sense.
Crepuscular shadows pull me toward an unknown building
I crack open my brain within blazing noon sun,
I walk over seething sands,
I embroider wet words with delicate strands
Ozzie Nogg’s work has appeared in Diddledog, Apollo’s Lyre, Flashshot, Apocrypha and Abstractions, 50 Word Stories and Donut Factory. Her book of personal stories, Joseph’s Bones, won First Place in the 2005 Writer’s Digest Press International Self-Published Book Awards. You can visit her at: www.ozzienogg.com
The following work is Copyright © 2020, and owned by Ozzie Nogg and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.
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