Please Submit A Brief Bio

By Marian Kaplun Shapiro

I have a who singing silently to your who singing
silently to my who, whoever and whomever
knows how to love, whose mouth knows how to kiss to make
words leap like ballerinas, glide like kayaks in white
water,  high tide  breathless fast paddling
fast swimming in swift currents, jet-skiing hang-
gliding syllables words sentences type-
faces strange and stranger, other languages, symbols
characters libraries and on-line dictionaries
waving tildes, diaerereses, circumflexes, and
the sexy ç-cedillas, pictures imported and ex-
ported up/downloaded ballads anthems carols
fugues lullabies etudes concertos symphonies
marches chants arias sung played my inner
orchestra my instruments of long ago and now
every bagpipe, saxophone 'cello lute maracas
viola flute harp and trumpet piccolo bassoon.
My erhu. My pipa .My simple rain-
stick. My Biblical ram's horn all now all then
all when my who which wants wants wants to be
here (and there) when the world is and was and will
be beyond time and space, beyond you, beyond
beyond, and beyond.
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About Marian Kaplun Shapiro

Marian Kaplun Shapiro is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988), a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007) and two chapbooks: Your Third Wish (Finishing Line, 2007); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (Pudding House, 2007).

As a Quaker and a psychologist, her poetry often addresses the embedded topics of peace and violence, often by addressing one within the context of the other.

A resident of Lexington, she was named Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts in 2006 and again in 2008. Her work received the Elizabeth Bolton award.

One Comment

  1. Posted July 2010 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    This is a startling and irresistible poem which should change the way we all submit brief bios; perhaps it is a new genre, which takes the “who what where” principles of journalism and information for “news” and shakes it down to something lived, something we want to know, a new way of knowing and knowing that it is impossible to render oneself in a bio. It was a pleasure to read, and I will share it with my listeners of the Poetry Slow Down, a radio show devoted to poetry and its importance in our lives, combining contemporary poets, classical poets, cowboy poets, famous poets, unsung poets, and all manner of themes every week (it is an hour a week). You can listen on the internet at live on Sundays PST Noon-1 pm, or on podcast afterwards at my website. I will read this poem Sunday July 18, and will organize a program that deals with the teaching and profession of poetry. I look forward to sharing this with our devoted listeners, and thank Literal Latte for its support of poets.
    Barbara Mossberg, Poet in Residence, Pacific Grove, CA

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