Lois Marie Harrod
Sarah Josepha Hale
Isn't it odd, he asked,
that the same person
who wrote Mary Had a Little Lamb
and created Thanksgiving
and the Bunker Hill Monument,
who was given a liturgical feast day in the Episcopal Church
and made into a bobble doll by the New Hampshire Historical Society,
a doll still sold in their museum store in Concord,
refused to support suffragettes,
believing in the secret, silent
influence of women?
It's odd, she said,
but not unusual.
Lois Marie Harrod's most recent collection Nightmares of the Minor Poet appeared in June from Five Oaks. Her chapbook And She Took the Heart appeared in January 2016, and her 13th and 14th poetry collections, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis (Cherry Grove Press) and the chapbook How Marlene Mae Longs for Truth (Dancing Girl Press) appeared in 2013. The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). She is widely published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Links to her online work at www.loismarieharrod.org.