Sighting, poems by Perie Longo
Perie Longo, Poet Laureate Emerita (2007-2009) of Santa Barbara, California, has published five books of poetry: Milking The Earth (1986), The Privacy Of Wind (1997), With Nothing behind but Sky: a journey through grief (2006), Baggage Claim (2014) and (1984-2014) and A Mosaic of Poetry (2013), an eBook of poetry for children (Lucky Penny Press). Her poems have been published in several journals, anthologies and texts including Askew Atlanta Review, Connecticut Review, International Poetry Review, Miramar Magazine, The Mochila Review, Nimrod, Passager, Paterson Literary Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, Quiddity, Rattle, Solo Novo,and Wisconsin Review. She has been Poet-in-Residence in many local schools through the California-Poets-in-the-Schools (CPITS.org) program (1984-2014), and is on the staff for the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference for over twenty-five years. Poetry chair for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, in 2005 she was invited by the University of Kuwait to speak on Poetry as a way to Peace and to give workshops. As a psychotherapist, she integrates poetry writing for healing, was president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (2005-07), and mentors those seeking credentialing in that field. She currently runs writing groups for Hospice and Sanctuary Centers of Santa Barbara.
© Perie Longo