Another Beach Day

Again yesterday, July 14th (which would have been my mother’s birthday), my daughter, grandkids, and I enjoyed a perfect beach day.  I really love being this close to the sea! The ocean had warmed up even more! As I watched my granddaughter ride her board in on wave after wave, fearless as a mermaid, I soaked in the sun and sea and revisited memories of long ago days. As a child, I repeatedly vacationed in a family beach cottage at Barnegat Light on Long Beach Island–a weathered cottage that my mother, her siblings, and her cousins, had also visited all the summers of their childhoods. That cottage was sold out of the family upon my great-aunt’s death, later remodeled, and later still,  torn down to be replaced by a huge modern beach house. A couple of years ago, I wrote a brief personal tribute, Time and Tide, to those days; it appears in the archives of the on-line journal,  Sea Stories.  Enjoy!

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About penhart

I am a poet and writer, published widely in journals and anthologies, and my literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in "Contemporary Authors." My poems have recently appeared in "Rattle" ,"Tiferet," and "U.S. 1 Worksheets". Work has also appeared in "The Valparaiso Poetry Review," and "Umbrella." Recent books include 'One Bowl" (2012); "Recycling Starlight" (2010); and "The Night Marsh" (2008).. Earlier collections include "Along River Road"; "Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth"; and "Buried in the Sky." My illustrated alphabestiary for children, "The Beastie Book," was published in the December, 2009, by Shenanigan Books. I have won three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for my work in the anthology "American Nature Writing 2002." I was invited to be a "featured poet" and read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, and was awarded a residency / fellowship for January, 2011, at VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts." I live in the South Jersey shore area, and work as a visiting poet in the schools through programs sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and various other agencies. I'm still fairly new at blogging and hope to add more graphics, etc., as I learn more.
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