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The Persuasive Beauty of Imperfection Poems by Marguerite K. Flanders Marguerite Keil Flanders is one of the founding members of Ocean State Poets, a group that strives to bring poetry to all communities in Rhode Island, through readings, workshops and special events. She has led workshops for over 20 years, in libraries, schools, at conferences and Women’s Centers. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Boston Review, Yankee Magazine, Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Coal City Review, Comstock Review, Connecticut River Review, Caesura, Main Street Rag, Nimrod International Journal, Poetry East, Poetalk, Snail Mail Review, and The Smoking Poet. Since 2008 she has been part of a team that gives poetry workshops every other Saturday, at the Men’s Medium Security Prison in Cranston, RI. She has been interviewed, and featured in programs, about her work with prison poets. Margie is currently offering workshops and private sessions in her studio in Wakefield, RI. She can be reached at: margieflanders@aol.com

 

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This poem is waiting

to be rewritten,

new nouns stitched

to old verbs, until

they moan and rattle.

No mourning

over lost words,

rejected metaphors.

Only the shuffling

of letters, one long

scrabble game,

diving over and over

into the mercurial pool

of language. Maybe

the first line wants

more flash, drama,

and the last line

needs a vacation, tired

of tying up loose ends,

can’t other lines

do the heavy lifting?

But most of the words

are already asleep,

snoring, and dreaming

of other poems

they would rather be in

if only they could slip away.

 

OPENING RECEPTION FOR POETRY AND ART EXHIBITION

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM event at: Wickford Art Gallery 36 Beach Street, Wickford, RI  www.wickfordart.com  Margie's poem To Reveal the New was chosen to be part of an exhibit called Poetry and Art. Note: exhibition may be viewed from July 25 to August 17, 2014