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Pamela Spiro Wagner

Author's Bio

HOW TO READ A POEM: BEGINNER'S MANUAL First, forget everything you have learned, that poetry is difficult, that it cannot be appreciated by the likes of you, with your high school equivalency diploma, your steel-tipped boots, or your white-collar misunderstandings. Do not assume meanings hidden from you: the best poems mean what they say and say it. To read poetry requires only courage enough to leap from the edge and trust. Treat a poem like dirt, humus rich and heavy from the garden. Later it will become the fat tomatoes and golden squash piled high upon your kitchen table. Poetry demands surrender, language saying what is true, doing holy things to the ordinary. Read just one poem a day. Someday a book of poems may open in your hands like a daffodil offering its cup to the sun. When you can name five poets without including Bob Dylan, when you exceed your quota and don't even notice, close this manual. Congratulations. You can now read poetry.

Publications and Prizes

We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders (CavanKerry Press, 2009), Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their Journey through Schizophrenia (St. Martin's Press, 2005)
Midwest Poetry Review, Tikkun, Tunxis Poetry Review
First prize, BBC international Poetry Contest, Meridian Writings 2001/2; 2x at Tunxis Poetry Review; Finalist for Connecticut Book Award; Outstanding Literature Award from NAMI National

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
The Green Child by Herbert Read; The Hermit by Eugene Ionesco; The Runaway by Albertine Sarrazin

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Listing last updated: November 2, 2010

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Travels for readings?
Identifies as:
Prefers to work with:
Adults, Any, Homeless people, Hospital patients, Mentally Ill, Teachers
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Born in:
Tacoma, WA
Raised in:
North Haven, CT
Roger Williams

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