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Featured Poet Sue Silver

Sue Silver is a student of the Enlightened Master Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi. This informs her work in the world and her written art. As a medical practitioner, Sue is a person who's direct, competent, and highly skilled . She brings this clarity and light to her poetry and photography, healing whatever she touches, and believing that poetry is an important observance in daily life. Whenever the world says "No" Sue Silver says "Yes."  -Grace Cavalieri


A tall big boned woman, an Orthopedic Surgeon

where I was working as a nurse anesthetist

had been carrying this flag as long as I had known her.


“Oh for Christ Sake! she said

you have to at least check

for semen.”


But why? she fell off the porch,

the ER Doctor said.


“Yeah, yeah she fell onto a stick

which just happened to jam into her

9 year old vagina.

Please Jack, humor me.

All of us here all the Practitioners of this area      

need to be aware and watch for sexual abuse.

Make the test, Jack.”


In this small rural town there was so much that was

taken for granted, walked over, someone’s cousin, a friend,


Everyone knew them, nothing wrong there,


and this was her fight,

her awareness.

Sexual abuse happening here, date rape, child abuse.

No time to pretend.

Sue Silver is a poet and Practitioner of Energy healing, a Nurse Anesthetist and a photographer. Sue was born in New Zealand and grew up in New Zealand, Australia, India, and the United States. She’s lived in Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong and presently lives in West Virginia. Sue has been published in Lummox #3, (Lummox Press,) The Anthology of Appalachian Writers Volumes III, IV and V; Poetry and Prose, In Good Company, First Lights, and on www.danmurano.com: A journal of poetry and popular culture.  She’s read her work at Schaharazade, and Artomatic, (Jefferson County, WV ;) and, on radio at WHSC, the Shepherd University Radio where she often co- hosted “Poetry Mondays” with John Case. 

Grace Cavalieri is founder and producer of “The Poet and the Poem“ on public radio, now from the Library of Congress. She celebrates 40 years on-air in 2017. She’s has 18 books and chapbooks published, the latest is WITH (Somondoco Press, 2016.) Cavalieri has had 26 plays produced on American stages. Her newest play is “ANNA NICOLE: BLONDE GLORY.” The play is inspired by Anna Nicole: Poems, published by GOSS183. Her poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “Verse Daily” and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry.”  She is the managing poetry editor for PoetsArtists.