Biography of Melanie Simms
Melanie Simms is a new poet, tutored under the mentorships of acclaimed poets David Swanger, lyric poet, Gary Young, and John Taggart. In 6 years she has seen over 130 publications of poetry in various e-zines, magazines and newspapers nationally and internationally including: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Penn Review, Zuzu's Petals,3 Cup Morning (Canada) , among many others. She has been anthologized and is a member of the World Poets Society.
Her awards include; Poet Laureate of Perry County (2005-2006) , A Vermont Writers Studio Scholarship,
an Honorarium from Shippensburg University, an Evvy Award nomination, among others. For more information, visit her website at www.poetmelaniesimms.net
Melanie Simms's Works:
Her first book of poetry, Waking the Muse was released in Jan. of 2007, edited by Gary Young. Currently available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com among various other national and international distribution sites.
Anthology: (Piano Press) : The Art of Music (2001)
Melanie Simms Poems
One More Hero (For Admiral Craig Quigley...
Distracted by the silence I turn on the radio; Enrique croons, 'Let me be your hero, '
Night Poem (For Jimmy Santiago Baca)
I wait outside your adobe For the light to come on in your window. I wait alone in the darkness Looking for you in the moonlight.
Moon Ode (For Congressman Sam Farr)
Shall I trust the moon? She flirts behind purple clouds Veiling her luminous face Like a naughty trickster
My son doesn't know His own strength; Shadows flicker across the room, Ducks, rabbits
My son doesn't know
His own strength;
Shadows flicker across the room,
He has made them
With his hands
And watches them dance
Across the moonlit wall.
He laughs as he creates
Creature after creature
My little god.