PERMISSION poems by Mary Olmsted Greene
Permission begins with childhood, a "bare feet paradise" marred by family dysfunction and blurred boundaries. It is "a prayer in a birch canoe," blending mountain and sea, long liquid moments torn by the horrors of Biker Barbies, exploding skylines and a planet out of control. Its images are fast, fluid and audible as flies sneeze, radios keen and bones declare love. Greene plays with form, using space like sand, sweeping grains aside toframe images. Some poems form acrostic triptychs; others appear aleatoric; some flow in cycles—all underscoring sound, meaning and, ultimately, understanding. Throughout, there are breathless moments that stun the senses.
Esperanza Malavé Cintrón
Chocolate City Latina
MARY OLMSTED GREENE, a resident of Narrowsburg, New York, was born in Mexico City and raised at the New Jersey shore. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from Brooklyn College. She is founder and director of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective which sponsors workshops, publications and events in the Upper Delaware River valley. She is also associate editor of The River Reporternewspaper in Narrowsburg. Greene's poetry has appeared in numerous national and local journals, and she has given readings and performances in venues all over the region. She has published two books of poetry, Where You're Going in this Dream and A Painting With You Running Through It, and her work has appeared in several anthologies. Her favorite wild place is the Atlantic Ocean. She interviews with women on their relationships with nature, spirit and art, WOMEN OUTSIDE, is part of Stockport Flats' Meander Scar Series.