Monday, April 7, 2014

National Poetry Month: Issue 5

National Poetry Month continues with another Southeastern Wisconsin poet. Today features Marie Loeffler from Waukesha. I first saw Marie's name in a Verse Wisconsin publication a few years ago. Then, it seemed every time I turned around I saw her name again related to poetry somewhere, or another. I finally met her for the first time at an AllWriters' Friday Night Free for All event where she read some of her work.

Marie is a talented musician as well who teaches violin lessons and instruction.  Her list of credits and achievements are included below. It's my privilege to feature some of her poetry on the April poetry blog roll. The poem below is short, in part because it was a requirement of the publication that it was featured in.

Kathak Dance*               by Marie Loeffler

The green silk hem
of a sari twirls
to the circle of
rhythmic feet,
gold bangles               
that shine
from wrist
to slender
elbow, as her
arms embrace
emptiness.  


*Kathak Dance was previously published in the Lilliput Review.


Biography:
Marie Loeffler has published poems in the Lilliput Review, Third Wednesday, Verse Wisconsin, The Journal of a Musician, Echoes 2012 Anthology, and the 2013 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. She has written poetry chapbook reviews for Verse Wisconsin. She also writes freelance interviews, classical music reviews, and articles for Isthmus The Daily Page (Madison, WI). She's a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and SCBWI. She instructs violin through the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha and Carroll University.

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