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Ellen Pober RIttberg
does spoken word readings of her poetry around the New York metropolitan
area, usually as featured reader. Having lived for many years within
a few miles from Walt Whitman's birthplace, she believes that to inhale
and exude the world is critical to existence.
The following poem
was chosen for the anthology, "Songs of Seasoned Women," Quadrasoul
CONSIDER THE CONSTELLATIONS
huntress' bow, chariots churning
hurtling burning, spinning, lost.
like cities undersea
stars spill across the sky.
sun the world blazes
in tough brilliance.
blossoms hold tight to themselves
like baby's fists,
a despot might call it insolence.
must remember to praise sunrise
must look inside the commotion
the jumble, the jigsaw the jewelweed
to stumble to trod on, to live to love
the leaf, my face, the sun.
ah world, perfectly
formed oak gall,
prickly, obdurate world, infinite in brown
at dawn as it settles like a comeliness,
a shawl, oh knotted skein,
oh clotted world convergent world: us, all!
Pober Rittberg's plays "Sci Fi," "Sabbath Elevator,"
"Just a Quiet Evening at Home, Six Friends" and "Hostage
Crisis" have been performed off broadway and at festivals. She
is seeking a publisher for her novel, "The Boy," and her humorous
parenting book, "Thirty Five Things Your Teenagers Won't Tell You
So I Will."
The winner of the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting's FOLIO
award and several Sigma Delta Chi/Press clubs awards for her feature
writing and photographs, she hosted and produced a live cable show,
"The Changing Family," for several years. Her feature writing
and essays appeared in the New York Times, Newsday, the Daily News (frequent
contributor) and other large urban dailies.
Her education includes a bachelors degree from Boston University, a
master's degree from SUNY Buffalo and a juris doctor degree from CUNY
To contact Ellen, email: email@example.com
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