BETH RUSCIO, the daughter of actors and descended for generations from other artists, writers and vaudevillians, is also an accomplished actress, one-time playwright (co-authored with husband Leon Martell the play 1961 Eldorado) and published poet. Her manuscript (a first poetry collection) RAUCOUS SPELL OF LIGHT is a two-time 2012 semi-finalist: for The Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, and for The Perugia Press Prize. Her poems Ladies Sketch Club On The Beach, Pacific Grove, California, 1890 and Of matchbooks, phone booths and the loss of Nickodells won second prize and first runner up in 2011 Beyond Baroque’s Best Poem Contest. In 2007, The Los Angeles Poetry Festival named her an L.A. Newer Poet, and she has read her work at The Secret City, Library Girl, The Third Area, The Taper Auditorium as part of The Aloud series, and Beyond Baroque. She is a long-time student. Her wonderful teachers include David St. John, Suzanne Lummis, Cecelia Woloch, Sarah Maclay, Laurel Ann Bogen and Ellen Bass. Her most recently published work is in Cultural Weekly, In Posse Review, Spillway, The Malpais Review, and speechlessthemagazine.
for John O’Keefe
One season, we play nuns, enough to get the feel,
our skin mercerized in the sunny rehearsal heat—
onto our thighs, our wimple-rashed cheeks.
the cooling sacrament, dusk,
singing close, a choir of showgirls
of unanswered rosaries, attend a July reunion,
First, we lift our pretend skirts, our elbows akimbo just so,
away from our attachments, the trapping world,
published: IN POSSE REVIEW, Spring 2012
Of matchbooks, phone booths and the loss of Nickodells
In those days, when somebody famous
published: CULTURAL WEEKLY, December 2012
Anniversary Of A Crime
Whatever makes her cry, like a wife.
Every year, the same gift—he calls me when rates get cheap,
Gone, I’ll bet, that cashmere suit of his, the color of snow
Just that now, with dawn coming on so tarnished,
published: THE MALPAIS REVIEW, Autumn 2010
© 2013 Beth Ruscio
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