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.
Strong hips of umber and sway,
climbing to the top of the ladder.
Skin under fingernails like
fine ice under sharpened blades.
She drapes her kimono upon him,
and dubs him Ahimsa –
to iron out the creases
in his given name.
He speaks in hushes and whispers,
eyes rolling inward. Now heightened,
he awakens to his calm.
His hands steady at the neck of his foe;
painter of houses, gardener of fear.
He strides across the long valley of his storm.
He paces and waits, and poses and strikes.
Then Ahimsa lays down his weapon,
and surrenders, bleached to the bone.