Pamela Mordecai - Room's 2019 Poetry Contest Judge

Pamela Mordecai is the author of over thirty books of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and writing for children. In what follows, Mordecai discusses her writing practice, the role religion plays in her writing, her choice to write in Jamaican Creole, and what she will be looking for as the judge for Room’s 2019 Poetry Contest, which is open until August, 2019.

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/let it out/
they tear
through my
rawing throat,
saliva & blood
bubbling out

Ladies and gentlemen, please.
Thank you, thank you—yes, the magic
tonight was real.

A gargoyle sits at the end of my garden, a plastic resin Mother’s Day present, wrapped with charms of love and my children’s perspicacity. Her name is Marthe and her job is protection. Most of all, she is to guard me and mine from the dragon.

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In memoriam Tennyson said
Nine years of things about his friend
Who’d died. He brought him back by slow
Degrees, from sunsets, wind in the trees,

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