Biography of Cynthia Gallaher
Poet, playwright and lyricist named among 'Top 10 Requested Chicago Poets' by the Chicago Public Library and among '100 Women Making a Difference' by Today's Chicago Woman. Her nonfiction book " Frugal Poets' Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even If You're Not a Poet" won a National Indie Excellence Award.
Cynthia Gallaher's Works:
Frugal Poets' Guide to Life: How to Live a Poetic Life, Even if You Aren't a Poet from Bookbaby; Omnivore Odes: Poems About Food, Herbs and Spices from Finishing Line Press, Kentucky; Earth Elegance from March Abrazo Press, Chicago; Swimmer's Prayer through Missing Spoke Press, Seattle; Night Ribbons through Polar Bear Press, Chicago - anthologized in Stand Up Poetry and Boomer Girls: Poems by Women from the Baby Boom Generation, both from University of Iowa Press.
Cynthia Gallaher Poems
Shabbona Swimming Pool
I feel warmth from hot water pipes, as I lean against the wall to pull up my swimsuit.
There were more mice, and more mice, and more and more mice, and by midnight, there were close to a hundred, slidin’ and skatin’ on the waxed wood floor,
They are the clowder of panthers that fled the jungle as cubs, traveled north to the Lower Nile, and swore never to grow up,
The Rages Of Garlic Is Love
Garlic, you poser, you snowy-hearted non-participant, lying languid in the pantry like a cold-shouldered bimbo next to old onion.
There were more mice, and more mice,
and more and more mice,
and by midnight, there were close to a hundred,
slidin’ and skatin’ on the waxed wood floor,
as if someone loosed
a bucket of iggy marbles.
It was four below zero,
You could feel it clear through the porch hole,