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Poems that reawake forgotten memories

By Peggy Purcell

Long-time resident Peggy Purcell has written for most of her 87 years, but this octogenarian attended a San Miguel Writer’s Conference poetry workshop in 2009 and fell in love with the eminence and rhythm of poetry. She was 82 years young when she decided to transform the memoir episode material (80 years of memories) into poetic form and become the Grandma Moses of Poetry.


Book reading
Poetry by Peggy Purcell
Tue, Jan 28, 5pm
Bordello Gallery
Órganos 19


She had her first chapbook of memoir in poetic form, Roots & Seeds: Tales from a Farmer’s Daughter, accepted for publication by the editor of Pudding House Publications the same day it was submitted. The second chapbook, Breaking Ground, was combined with other autobiographical stories and appeared in 2012, The Reach of Roots & Seeds. Each poem stands alone but when read in sequence tells a larger saga. Each book ends with reflective poems, sassy and wise—this poet’s style.

After each of her three readings in the last five years, attendees told Purcell that the poems either touched them or reawakened forgotten memories. These comments have served as impetus for her to continue writing.

Purcell will read new work to appear in her next book at the Bordello Gallery (Órganos 19) at 5pm on Tuesday, January 28. The public is invited to hear these intimate, reflective poems in a delightful environment.

For more information please contact: Claudia Dowling ( (917) 544-3319 or Peggy Purcell ( (415)152-6533.


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