Rooted in the moss and mushroom of the female body, the poems in Lois Marie Harrod's chapbook Woman refreshingly skirt the merely celebratory. Harrod's natural music, sharp observations and sly wit bring a quirky authenticity to her tales of women often silenced, missing parts, or completely disassenbled, Catherine Doty
Harrod creates various personas in her new book of poems Spat. Some are contemplative, some nostalgic, some whimsical, all are smart. My favorite is the passive/aggressive narrator who asks, “What is there to fix?” about a marriage that needs much fixing. These poems are full of wit, “I don’t know how to define our hide and tweak”…and wisdom, “the danger comes when you start talking.” And there is music here, playful and beautiful music, “the rat a tat tattle in the brain,” “jammering like a jackhammer.” When you read these poems aloud, even your mouth will be happy.
–Peter E. Murphy, Founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University
Excepting Shakespeare and Robert Frost, the term Major Poet is an oxymoron. In this amusing and poignant little volume, Lois Marie Harrod tells bits of the lives any number of minor poets are living.
"Open this sentence carefuly" the poems advise, and "look how the ledge gives way." Indeed one of the primary pleasures of poetry is seeing how quickly the known and unknown can switch places. Harrod's consierable accomplishment is in capturing these elemental transition for us. Catie Rosemurgie
The Heart--and its many manifestations: hearts found, hearts lost, good hearts and bad hearts.
Poems from Lois Marie Harrod's 23-year stint as a high school teacher--"a roller coaster a life" (Scott McVay).
Poems about the irascible Marlene Mae . "Some days she wanted to be as honest about herself
as Frida Kahlo,
Poems of a family dealing with a father's slow descent into forgetfulness. A book for those with an Alzheimers patient in the family.
"I'd call each of these new poems love poems and Harrod's teritory, both the body and the world." Renee Ashley
"I suck minutes into my mouth
and spit out eons, the iron scorches a cotton summer,
a plastic cup dies more slowly than dinosaurs. Everything we do has taken all the time there is"
Nothing Can Be Rushed
The sixth anthology by the poetry critique and performance group Cool Women. Poems by Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Bonham Lies, Judy Rowe Michaels, Sharon Olson , Penelope Scambly Schott, Maxine Susman, Gretna Wilkinson
The fifth anthology by the poetry critique and performance group Cool Women. Poems by Eloise Bruce, Juditha Dowd, Lois Marie Harrod, Betty Bonham Lies, Judy Rowe Michaels, Sharon Olson , Penelope Scambly Schott, Maxine Susman, Gretna Wilkinson
The list of extraordinary poets featured within include such great talent as Paul Morabito, Lois Marie Harrod, Jenna Cornell, Mark Green, Irum Zahra, Joan Colby, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Regina Puckett, Clarissa Simmens, Laura A. Lord, Regis McCafferty, Roberto Carlos Martinez, Linda Dobinson, Carolyn O'Connell, Ben Ditmars, Dr. Leesa Abbott, Andrea McKenzie Raine, Koyel Mitra, Terri Cannon, Laura Da', Mary Bone, Aftab Yusuf Shaikh, William Greenway, Edward Brookner, Ray Whitaker, Nikitha Hingad, Anahit Arustamyan and Arthur Turfa.
Poems of earth, sun and rain with artwork by Ruann Miller.