And Sometimes, Dreaming . . . Selected Poems By Barbara Sher Tinsley

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JUPITER, Fla. - June 8, 2022 - PRLog -- "I've a theme for each of four poetry books, and the fifth's is dreaming.

"A trip to Germany (No. 56) during World War II was not real (yet has a dream-like quality). That doesn't mean it tells nothing that really happened in my life. It gave me a chance to review my German, and allowed me to recreate aspects of family history, and German history, a major subject of mine at Stanford.

"Greco-Romans believed dreams prophesied the future. None of mine have . . . yet. (See No. 90.) I can say that mine (Nos. 1, 28, 29, 42, 63, 56, 98, and even 115) are some of many recalling my past. No. 115 is a joke. But I do fear getting lost in strange cities and large campuses. I never am. Scientists say dreaming may keep us sharper in daytime and rids us of harmful emotions."

This poet is concerned with the need for greater understanding, tolerance, and love in our private and public lives.

I.   Our Private Lives

A.  Shall we make amends,

and, mending what miscarried

in the past, weave stronger ties that last?  (No. 3)

...Our union,

B.  …warm and corporeal, reminds me that I live… Tell  me

I need no longer self-sustaining be, falling in the wind. (No. 14)

C.  Marriages made in heaven, can rise to heights of joy,

but are sometimes short on leaven, patience, self-abnegation. (No. 22)

II.  Our Public Lives

A.  Jews and Muslims, both despised. Their lot – as ever–marginalized… (No.7)

B.  The Alt Right knew the best way to succeed was just

to shoot or maim those who might impede their war

on the "Deep State" – which they did hate and would eliminate. (No. 97)

About the Author: Born in l938, Barbara Sher Tinsley grew up in Gloversville, New York. Taken to the movies on Saturdays after age four, there she learned about World War II's horror "stories" and in family conversations. Some family members had immigrated from Poland and Russia.

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