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  February 2006
volume 4 number 1
-table of contents-
  home   (archived)
  contributing poets
  Elizabeth Addis
  Jack G. Bowman
  Bob Browning
  Dana Campbell
  Michael Ceraolo
  Peggy Dobreer
  Francisco Dominguez
  Lisa Helene Donovan
  Dale Duke
  Michael Estabrook
  Daniel Gallik
  Daniel garcia-Black
  Kenneth Gurney
  Roger Humes
  Amber Jacob
  Marianne LaValle-Vincent
  Marie Lecrivain
  Gary Lehmann
  Dave Nordling
  Aire Celeste Norell
  Gina MarySol Ruiz
  David W. Rushing
  Dahn Shaulis
  Durlabh Singh
  Kari Thune
  Amy Upham
  Tyler Joseph Wiseman
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Peggy Dobreer
February 2006



photo by myra gerrard

    Peggy Dobreer is an educator, poet, public speaker, and artisan who works and teaches in the Extension Program at Loyola Marymount University.
    She was a leading force in the educational vision of the Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence, from 1997-2004, and co-wrote and edited 64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence, A Curriculum and Resource Guide.
    Her poetry is published in Cracked Pavement and Plastic Trees, Our Gifts To Future Generations: An Anthology of Environmental Poetry, Everything About You Is Beautiful: Really Big Show Anthology (Winter 2004), WordWright's Magazine, Tamafhyr Mountain Poetry Irregular Poetry Journal, and The Blue House. She has self-published four chapbooks: Henceforth (1999), Bravo Collection (2002), Face of Sky (2004) and B.L.A.B.B. Be Live at Beyond Baroque (2006).
    She has been featured throughout Los Angeles and is the host of "A Horse of Another Color, Dinner Poetry" at the Venice Grind, in Mar Vista, CA.
    Peggy's first written work came out of the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival in the early 1980's, where she was inspired by such contemporary playwrights as Murray Mednick, Maria Irene Fornes, John Steppling and John O'Keefe.



The Carriage House

And whatever I do
                      will become forever what I have done
. - Wistawa Szymborska

Doubling up slatted
steps to knotty pine,
frame to floor, under
one persistent plum
in a county full once
of grand estates
and private orchards.

Nectar, oozing and
tart, covered us all
at once. Orbs shot from
above the second story,
plummeted faster
than could be collected.
Soured grasses receded
below their juices.

For those few harvest
weeks plums occupied
every thought. Manic to
the task of plucking, washing,
pectin adding, filling, pouring,
sealing jars, aroma rich with
simmering plums coming
into luscious preserve.

I recall the wide open
canopy of that tree, great
birthing parachute, emerald
shimmer like chenille, shawl
draped over the strong square
shoulders of the carriage
house I once called home.

copyright 2006 Peggy Dobreer