Jean Marie Ruiz
Biography of Jean Marie Ruiz
Jean Marie Ruiz is a native of Los Angeles, California who lives in Western Massachusetts, where she coordinates the annual WriteAngles conference by and for writers. She holds an MFA in English (Fiction) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She thanks Kate Braverman, the late Les Plesko, and fellow members of their writing workshops for their support and inspiration.
Jean Marie Ruiz's Works:
Love's Shadow: Writings by Women, edited by Amber Coverdale Sumrall, The Crossing Press,1993.
Jean Marie Ruiz Poems
My mother loved tulips. In December her body waits in a mortuary with liver-rotted men and their cholo sons
In my father's backyard a feral calico cat lets me caress her. I call her Dulce and tell her she offers herself too easily.
Driving In Maine
It is easy to get lost in July. Pines mask the horizon in lessening light. Fog shortens distances between the seen and unseen.
I will die incoherent with altitude, waiting for unpaid ransoms, ignorant of the names of flowers.
I hear them crossing black rivers, smothering their babies. The women weave blankets from stained glass.
I am on a pilgrimage to the waterless pool where Errol Flynn swam. Under an avocado moon
I am on a pilgrimage
to the waterless pool
where Errol Flynn swam.
Under an avocado moon
soothed their wounds
with quick licks of the tongue.
They learned to speak French