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Finding poets in our midst

In that seemingly short time there have been awards won, fellowships received, and since she "started publishing, timidly, in 2006" much of her work published in numerous publications. She even admits to having won some New York Press Club awards in 1999-2000 and "way back" the George B. Hill and Therese Muller Memorial Awards First Place Prize for Fiction.

"Now I'm here, teaching poetry in after-school programs at Salem Hyde and Franklin Elementary, and I love the work. I'm also teaching poetry at the Downtown Writers Center, which I think is a fabulous resource for beginning and advanced writers alike."

So...we can now count Jules among our poetic acquaintances, and her poetry among that with which we are familiar -- and hope to become more so.

BRUTE DICTATION

Even Jesus discovered it the hard way --

to begin, you've got to outsmart

the metaphor, dismantle the ritual

songs of childhood,

which is like saying goodbye

to the only life you ever really had,

that cracked-egg moment

when you existed both

yolked and split, meaning and act,

a vehicle motored by a pack

of parochial kids who touched

to be touched, pried the body

to open, to open more, find

the universal in the crude

the wound in the Amen.

And if the body is the last refuge

every waking since has been

an assault on the senses,

brute dictation, maturity

as the practice of a hunger

that smacks without discrimination.

It doesn't matter if it's me or you

or Jesus we're talking about:

we cannibalize ourselves three times --

once as offspring, next as mother,

again through the muddled

articulation of self that emerges

all wrong, all other.

Jules Gibbs

To sign up for Jules' current class, Motive and Metaphor or any others at the Downtown Writers Center, contact director Phil Memmer at 474-6851 x328, or e-mail director@ymcaarts.org. For full brochure, go to: ymcaarts.org/workshops.html.

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