LETTER: My mother’s poem
To the editor:
I am representing my mother, Marjorie Laughlin and her new book of poetry, "I Loosed My Father's Boots". We would like to know if you would be interested in a poetry submission, entitled, "West Seattle". If you like it and think your readers will enjoy it, you have Marjorie's permission to include it in the WS Herald.
Marjorie has lived and raised her 5 children in West Seattle since 1972. She started writing poetry at age 73 and is currently age 75. It is truly amazing to hone a new craft later in life and she would like to share it with people. Her poems have been well-received.
"I loosed My Father’s Boots" is Marjorie Laughlin’s first collection of poetry. Her poems include remembrances of her childhood on the family farm on Ribbon Ridge and small town living in the Chehalem valley in Oregon. Her poems are wide ranging. A visit to family friends in a small village in Italy resulted in her poem “Generations.” Working in her garden and observing the beauty of the iris led to “A Tale of Two Queens,” Marjorie doesn’t shy away from social issues or even existential ones. “A Thirty Foot Drop” discusses hazards facing homeless persons. “Resurrection Day” is about capital punishment. “Picnic on the Beach” reflects on the possibility of a nuclear conflagration. “A Visit” shows the heartache of dementia . Many of Marjorie's poems reflect on nature. Her approach with familiar subjects sometimes comes with a twist.
Margy has been a decades long reader of the WS Herald and her daughters were paper girls back in the 80s! Short lived routes, unfortunately!
Thank you for your consideration.