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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.

What A Season Brings

Written for:  Poets United – Pantry of Poetry, Proses #3  (posted by Sanaa) “For now, I invite you to share your entries, as Poets United welcomes both poetry and prose (i.e. stories, articles, essays) feel free to link anything new … Continue reading

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Primeval Discovery

Written for:  Poetic Asides 2019 PAD November Chapbook Challenge – Day 11 Write a prime poem.  Prime is one of those words I don’t often think about, even though it shows up frequently: prime numbers, prime location, prime rib, prime … Continue reading

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Mr. America

Written for:  Sunday Whirl, Wordle #429 Words:  thick, champ, rights, true, milk, marching, card, luscious, like, brew, salty, millennials What a card! His face looks like color of milk. Thick around middle, dense around brain, luscious orange hair, too thin … Continue reading

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Feel the Glow

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 – Prompt #268 – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” ‘Write a warm poem. Stir the hearth and send it my way. It will be greatly appreciated. “ Come on in! You are shivering. Warm yourself. Take off … Continue reading

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Glow of Amber

Written for:  Poetic Asides 2019 PAD November Chapbook Challenge – Day 10 “For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) of (blank),” replace the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, … Continue reading

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New Forest Sounds

Written for:  Sunday Muse #81 Oh no, they cut our tree down. It is a shame guys, I know.  Poor guy was failing. Now there are sounds of lovely music playing.  Do you suppose he left us a gift? http://thesundaymuse.blogspot.com/Continue reading

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No Reflection, No Detection

Written for:  Poetic Asides 2019 PAD November Chapbook Challenge – Day 9 “Write a reflection poem.  The poem could be about a physical reflection (or lack of reflection, if you’re writing about vampires or ghosts). Or it could be about … Continue reading

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Luminous

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Weekend Mini-Challenge Just One Word:  Burnished  (posted by Marian) Luminous in the window of the jeweler’s at night. She stops in front to gaze. A pair of burnished earrings for which she’ll … Continue reading

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Dog Routine

Written for:  Poetic Asides 2019 PAD November Chapbook Challenge – Day 8 Write a pet poem. The dogs go out, the dogs come in no matter if it’s day or night. Murphy’s preference is 4:00 AM The dogs go out, … Continue reading

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A Difference

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Meet The Bar by changing your perspective  (posted by Bjorn) “Consider the advantages of the various ones, in the first perspective, we are ourselves, we know our innermost feelings and we can also describe … Continue reading

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