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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