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Friday, September 5, 2014

Drum Roll, Please

A group of...ahem...mature women banded together to create...

Isn't that a cool cover?

To celebrate the release of Old Broads Waxing Poetic, each "old broad" (we use that term loosely, our ages range from 40's to 70's) featured in this book is blogging about her favorite old broad today.  To join in the festivities, we invite each of you to tell us about your favorite old broad in the comments. Oh, and if you get a little ruffled by the term broad, you can tell us about your favorite older woman... how's that? One lucky person who comments about his or her favorite broad will win a free copy of our book. The more blogs of ours you comment on, the better your chances.  And, by the way, creativity counts. Cool, huh? (It really IS cool ... not only is it filled with fun poetry, but all proceeds from the sale of this book are going to  CARE International). The winner of this mini-blogfest will be announced next Friday, September 12th.

It's a great cause, so we'll love you even more if you blog about the book, the contest, and help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

Now then, let me introduce the other broads,

Oh, right. Michael isn't a broad. He's a guy. A very nice guy who used that lovely image from Francesco Romoli to create our cover for us, so you could say, as an important member of our team, he's an honorary broad. With hairy legs.

Thanks for helping make this a very (ba da bum) broad celebration!

Here's my tribute: 

For Grandma C.

A charm,
sterling silver
alone on a loop.
A church.
Used to be
I could squint,
through a pinprick window,
see The Lord’s Prayer,
the words
no longer visible,
or, my eyes too old to see.
A bracelet, big
for my six-year-old wrist,
this gift sits in my jewelry box
fifty years later,
and sometimes
I open the box,
touch the trinket,
an amulet,
a talisman,
but mostly,
a connection
to another wrist.
Tapered fingers,
long nails with ridges,
that found their way up  
to rub our scalps,
and always
the itchy spot
our shoulders.

September 2014

Now, if you haven't done so already, click here to get to Amazon.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! You ladies rock. Will download today.

mshatch said...

What a lovely poem and what a lovely idea :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I hang onto your every word. You string them together so smoothly and in a way that weaves past and present into one. I'm so impressed and honored to have teamed with you, Liza. Woohoo! It's a happy day.

Joanne said...

I can picture your Grandma C from your poem - a lovely tribute.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Oh, Liza, this poem is beautiful. The love you felt for your grandmother shines brightly, and I can remember seeing a charm exactly like the one you described... but it was many years ago. I love that you still have yours. A wonderful tribute!

Happy weekend!

Jan Morrison said...

Good poem, Liza. I love the way it goes from microscopic to macro in a breath...

My favorite old broad would be my mother. She's gone, but if she were alive today would be her 98th birthday. Here's a poem for her.

My Face - No Face

A contradiction in motion,
nails done in fire & ice,
feet in orthopedic ugliness,
you plan our future on the
back of an envelope labelled
'when my ship comes in'.
You will not leave the house
without 'putting on my face'
but the highest tribute you
give someone is to say
'she has no face'.
You scrunch up
when any one of us goes to
kiss you, but you lean over and
take our earlobes in your fingers,
and giving them a tender rub,
say 'you look cold'.
You are fiercely opposed to cruelty, to meanness in any
way, but will tell us to 'snap
out of it' if we dare complain
about injustices done.
Even gone twenty-two years,
I see your face. Your beautiful
no face.

Connie said...

Liza, I love your poem. It is very heartwarming and perfect for this old broad's tribute. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm heading over there and that is a really cool cover. It's like what I feel like when I'm jogging compared to what I really look like.

Carol Kilgore said...

Love your poem - as always :)


Empty Nest Insider said...

Your Grandma C would be thrilled to know that you've held onto her special gifts for so many years. She would also be proud of your beautiful poetry! I know how proud we are that you're part of Old Broads, even though you are many years away from becoming one!


Jayne Martin said...

The cover is amazing and your poem about your grandmother absolutely beautiful.

Proud to be an old broad. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Liza .. I think this project is amazing and I'm so pleased the Old Broad book has been published .. even if there's an old broad with hairy arms around!

Cheers to you all .. Hilary

Anonymous said...

A wonderful poem :) and this Old Broad book is a unique idea--best wishes on the success of the project!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Liza,

I really enjoyed your poem. Such a warm and tender tribute to your grandmother.I'm sure she's smiling at you from heaven.

Tara Tyler said...

i love this! and michael's cover is excellent!
such a sweet tribute.

Robyn Campbell said...

Liza, this is absolutely wonderful. What a lovely tribute. I can't wait to read this. It's on my Amazon wish list.