Maggie Westland writes in prismatic perspectives: physician, scientist, woman, traveler. A lover of all things verbally musical, she especially enjoys poetry as performance. Maggie has been published in poetry anthologies including If We Dance, Daybreak, and Above us Only Sky; one of her poems will appear in Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Literature, vol. III, to be published June 2013. Her work is in British and American literary magazines, both on-line and in print, including Askew and Never Bury Poetry. She has participated in the 3:15 Experiment, and the Great E-Book Free-For-All on Poetry Super Highway with her chapbooks, Fauna on Sepia Film and New Skin. Her first chapbook, A Defiance of Daughters is on file at Beyond Baroque in Venice CA. Her words can be heard on DVDs and on-line pod-casts; she has performed with the The Razor Babes and Moorpark College Dancers. In 2012, Maggie received 3rd place in the Poetry Super Highway Contest, and 1st prize for an ekphrastic poem in Ventura’s Art Tales. A featured reader at various venues in Southern California, including Ventura’s Tuesday Night Poets, and the Moorpark College Read. Maggie’s work can also be seen on You-Tube. She volunteers with the SEASONS program, performing and teaching poetry to children in Ventura County schools. Google Maggie Westland to find more of her poems, or check her website at www.maggiewestland.com.
poets repair broken dreams, fallen houses, burst
post destruction, their poems prop up fallen doorways,
a tool belt always at their waist, they waste little
to know what might be needed in an unhinged tomorrow
poets don’t throw away small parts of things
Get really real, forget that new speak speech that makes
Whether I travel across equators, backwards into yesterday
All things reliable rely on change
Who cares if compass needles whirl.
We need not fear a simple magnet shift
When you find your center, that deep breath, lotus legged
Take care that you do not succumb
Even one hour of inwardness, focused on oneness
It is time to seek human solutions, to dissolve like
The lifetime of oming is over.
© 2013 Maggie Westland
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