2020

Latest Publications

Punchline https://sheilanagigblog.com/volume-5-1-fall-2020-the-poets/betsy-mars/

Alcohol or Xanax to Sleep  http://heroinchic.weebly.com/blog/alcohol-or-xanaxtm-to-sleep-by-betsy-mars?fbclid=IwAR3VBr4Pwb-HUOnwisRuQNyCJZDpJly9BHWjSysOYGuZHW3KJOuMd5Hr8Ho

Blanch http://www.pikerpress.com/article.php?aID=8040

Parallax View and Forbidden Fruit  http://www.verse-virtual.org/2020/August/betsy-mars-2020-august.html?fbclid=IwAR3Zr6UPba6TtzKjOzitb5llQ0Iwffyesi1t2Gjj9bkdizUZJwRMvgL4lMY

Um Interlúdio                                              https://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic/ekphrastic-writing-responses-jose-ferraz-de-almeida-junior?fbclid=IwAR3TVUGmVCUKqFG4c8veOZgNXRUJJ5r87_tsaEJQLpJzwjfCxiAeZ_CbXnY

Feral                                               https://writinginawomansvoice.blogspot.com/2020/07/feral-by-betsy-mars-i-wish-i-was-as.html?spref=fb&fbclid=IwAR3Z7hK536p2Zl7njByaVKwNmB-raCvXFDJIl5rnNPbDkfOe5r3WvaV15FQ

Curfew    http://www.praxismagonline.com/curfew-by-betsy-mars/?fbclid=IwAR0LUEYbZUK6f7rcK6JoyvSrylp05REnZ-UD1dmWsnwNhzSNt9bhfA-_XCI

Cringe-watching                                                    http://www.pikerpress.com/article.php?aID=8040&fbclid=IwAR3PLwZjXBrW3euzXX9mFFF9fIW5P8IiFwXxRq%C2%A0

Hydrant                                                                https://www.ekphrastic.net/ekphrastic/ekphrastic-writing-responses-congo?fbclid=IwAR1q3spnF_2PzgKQfICcMDy5r1JEiisBZgzrFTKBXdcb9parCG3e-NqDCtI

Aunt Jemima      https://newversenews.blogspot.com/2020/06/aunt-jemima.html?fbclid=IwAR0aGcHgXdvcmfTNant-pNL9wIKBKpy2rlkRsJMDAGnvLpQsgte3unsn2bE

Reparations                                                                                http://www.verse-virtual.org/2020/June/betsy-mars-2020-june.html

Parable of the Vinegar and three other poems https://liveencounters.net/le-poetry-writing-2020/06-june-pw-2020/betsy-mars-the-parable-of-the-vinegar/

Tidal Stirrings  https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2020/05/25/tidal-stirrings-by-betsy-mars-wearing-a-mask-series/

Whitewashed  https://newversenews.blogspot.com/2020/05/whitewashed.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR3DfzZZSvjznne-ZaDLo5eaXax6NAKGTCaDswc_vECY3YsBijgbjG-eTVM

Lunch in the Ivory Tower by Betsy Mars (MY FIRST JOB Poetry and Prose Series)

Thank you to Silver Birch for another inspiring prompt and for publishing my poem.

Silver Birch Press

MarsJobLunch In the Ivory Tower
by Betsy Mars

Racing in between classes
we waited, prim primrose uniforms,
soiled aprons, leaky pens in pocket.
Checking our stations with fingers crossed.
Kowtowing to the power-hungry manager
who assigned them, knowing he held our fate
in his perfidious palms. Ass-kissing: first lesson.

Serving, invisibly, the uncivil engineers,
the antisocial workers, the hyper-political scientists,
we jostled in the kitchen before the wheel of fortune
which held the ticket to our tips —
begging Gil, the grizzled Cajun,
as he slowly stirred
the pot of gumbo, dropping ashes
and ignoring our pleas — currying favor
with busboys, supporters in the cause. Second lesson.

Mixed-up orders, kitchen crookery,
we were all complicit, all forgiving in the rush
to get our esteemed professors
their daily bread — liver and onions,
Monte Cristo sandwiches, glasses of wine
or endless refills of coffee. Insatiable:
further education.

Nobel prize winners or underachievers…

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I killed him with love: Ode to a mouse

My latest publication – tribute to Davy, my best and worst loved mouse.

Cadence Collective: Long Beach Poets

By Fernando Gallegos By Fernando Gallegos

By Betsy Mars

I socked him away,
safe from escape,
with warmth
to the touch and softness –
smelling of mouse
pellets and hay.

Like a lucky rabbit foot
to stroke in the night
when demons came
calling for me, he comforted,
but I slept right through
to the mourning ­
He was cold
and hard to the touch.

In my guilt, I emptied
the sock and left him
rigid in the cage,
To be discovered
and buried,
along with my memory
of inadvertent, mindless murder.

At eight years old,
I learned that love could be lethal.

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