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COMING OF AGE by Perie Longo

Updated: Feb 13

Volume 10: Satellite of Love is fortunate to have the work of nine of Santa Barbara's Poets Laureate. Perie Longo was Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara from 2007 to 2009, as well as being the Guest Editor of Poetry for Volume 10.

“Bird” by India Longo


by Perie Longo

There comes a time when

it is right to lace the hair

with wildflowers and breathe

burning herbs with the old ones

dance in bright flesh

under the moon teaching what it is

to be full and chiseled

and full again

There comes a time when

what is clung to is no longer useful

and releases itself like rain

arms spread in dream

for all to see what binds

is only ignorance of a fearsome lover

or shoes become too tight

and when the drum beats like thunder

that is the time to raise off earth

sure of its faithfulness

and give into the body

its fine hair feathering

sensing new landscape

Then is the time

to embrace all that is strange

acknowledge your name

never before announced

summon new robes and feasting

stand erect for a crown

of woven grass from the hand

of a child reaching through

folds and folds of time

“Coming of Age” from Milking the Earth, John Daniel, Publisher,1986. Author holds rights.

Each of the Poets Laureate has their own section in Volume 10. Perie's is titled "Coming of Age" and consists of seven of her poems. To purchase Volume 10, visit out bookstore or amazon. Volume 10 will be in local Santa Barbara bookstores in late February.

Perie Longo, Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, California (2007-2009) has published four books of poetry: Milking The Earth (1986), The Privacy Of Wind (1997), With Nothing behind but Sky: a journey through grief (2006), and Baggage Claim (2014). Her poems have been published in International Poetry Review, Miramar, Nimrod, Passager, Paterson Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Salt, and Solo, among others. She taught poetry through California-Poets-in-the-Schools (1984-2016), and continues to teach at Santa Barbara Writers Conference since 1984. As a psychotherapist, she integrates poetry writing for healing and is poetry chair for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

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