I AM WOMAN!

It gives me great pride to say two of my poems were accepted for inclusion in Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (Gabriela Marie Milton, Ed.). This anthology of poetry addresses the challenges women face in our society and the diversity of means they use to overcome pain and accomplish their dreams. Gabriela chose this theme because she wanted to underscore how powerful women are and how much they can achieve regardless of the adversities most of them go through. Women are strong. Women can stand up for themselves and be successful under very difficult circumstances.

When Gabriela Marie Milton, a #1 Amazon bestselling poet and an internationally published author, first approached me about writing a couple of poems for the book, I was honored but hesitant; poetry is not my wheelhouse. I’m a storyteller, not a poet. But the truth is I knew if I put my mind to it I’d be able to come up with something worthy of this incredible endeavor.

When I received word that my poems were accepted, I felt a tiny bit like Sally Field the night she won the Academy Award. She bubbled over with glee as she excitedly proclaimed “You like me!”

I know I can spin a tale; Gabriela never would have asked me if that were not true. It was my poetic prowess I was unsure of. But that’s the idea of the book – to show that women can take on any challenge and succeed.

When I first started writing short stories, it was never my intention to become a published author. I briefly entertained the idea of self-publishing but it was not a driving force in my life. Writing, while a passion for me, is a hobby and I love it. Now here I am in the company of some amazing poets. I’m thrilled to be included and proud of myself for giving this a shot.

Thank you, Gabriela, for having faith in me; I’m delighted I didn’t let you down.

NAR Β© 2022

20 thoughts on “I AM WOMAN!”

  1. I’m no peer in the writing world. The only reason I haven’t been published is because my writing is so far superior that it’s on a different plane and would make everyone else’s look bad. I feel bad for the rest of the world.

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    1. Now, now, this isn’t a contest. We’re all peers in the writing world, aren’t we? But I published 2 you didn’t! No need to be bitter! Na na na na na!! 😝

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  2. This is so awesome to hear Nancy and not surprising in the least. You are a great writer and I’m so happy that you are in the Anthology book and we are graced by your gifts in words in story and in poetry. Congratulations to you!!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    1. And to you as well! I know you’ll be in the Anthology gracing us with your beautiful prose. Such a wonderful tribute to women everywhere! πŸ’• πŸŽ‰ πŸ‘πŸΌ πŸ’•

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      1. Oh well thanks Nancy. It just so happens that I will be and I too am very honored and excited about it. What a delight to stand with so many amazing authors to share the word of Strong Women with Gabriela at the helm. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  3. This is great news. It is always great to be acknowledged, and when it is for something you didn’t know you were good at that is even better! Poetry works very much the same as flash fiction. I am not surprised to see that you are good at it. πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much! I decided to go with free verse which to me is like a short story with tiny paragraphs. Not sure if the purists would agree with that but it apparently was well received! It’s all very exciting and a pleasant surprise! ☺️

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      1. You are right. Free verse can be just like a short story. In fact, I started with free verse, and for a long time, I didn’t understand what made a poem different from a short story. And it seems, that professionals don’t even agree on what the differences are. πŸ˜€

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  4. Congratulations, dear Nancy. You’re a great writer and you deserve it. I’m happy for you. Actually having two poems included in the anthology is an amazing and admirable feat. πŸ‘ ❀❀

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