Ribbons : American Folk Poetry

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This chapbook captures the pith of everyday life and molds it into crystal-clear tales. You will feel the cold of North Dakota, the heat of the South, the worms of death, and the frustrations of writing and unrequited love. When she and her friend impersonate psychiatrists, you will not be able to contain yourself over their Freudian explanation of spit. Whether or not you voted for Bill Clinton, you will be regaled in "Ode to Bologna," a recitation of his many denials to the press regarding women other than Hillary. "Heaven" leaves you drooling over a bar-b-cue sandwich, and bequeaths a non-preachy lesson in life. Vivid images take you to a Montana farmer's life that's passing him by, a roller coaster tale of madness, the celebration of harvest, and the wonder of Southern bug noise. Creationist fans will enjoy the narrative about how angels and bees gained their wings in "Legend of the Honey Bees." Even those who don't care for poetry can envision "Supper" with a poor neighbor, "Vacation" with Marilyn's family and girls wearing pearls in "Debutante Tea," all stories from the Fifties and Sixties. This little book is a travelogue full of frustration and joy ... a wild journey to experience and be pleasantly surprised. Recommended for book club discussions.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 127 x 203.2 x 3.56mm | 117.93g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508592012
  • 9781508592013

About Marilyn Shelton

A majority of poems in "Ribbons" related to food or social customs are drawn from personal memories of the South. (Contrails, Heaven; Debutante Tea, Supper, and Gospel Choir.) Ms. Shelton grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and graduated from Judson College for women, a private Bible-belt institution in Marion, Alabama where she was Editor of the Triangle. Later she acquired an M.S. in Instructional Materials Development at Northern Illinois University and worked at the Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington for 13 years. There, she published films, videos, multi-media slide shows, news releases, posters, pamphlets, brochures, technical papers, presentations, monthly newsletters for Boeing managers, and ghostwrote for the Paris Air show, Journal of Aircraft, and international symposiums. She also designed the first text retrieval system used in Boeing was eventually Program Manager of the corporate text retrieval system, a multi-million dollar project, which spanned all companies. In Seattle Marilyn had the good fortune to be a member of an avant garde poetry critique group (see "Dedication") led by an accomplished poet/songwriter and retired Broadway actress. Marilyn admits that she entered a bad poet and exited somewhere between mediocre to accomplished, depending on opinion, but definitely improved. After Boeing, she lived in Hazen, North Dakota, pop. 2000, the original home of her husband's large pioneer family. She continues to own a house there. Poems about farmers, harvest, snow, seasons, and neighbors reflect this time. Ms. Shelton, her husband, and their cat, Ms. Peppermint, have returned to the South and live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has a daughter in Seattle, Washington, and another daughter in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Marilyn has published two novels, Digital V and God's Awful Truth, and a children's book, Pepper's Story. She has completed A Road Map to Advanced Bridge (based on 2/1) with a companian book planned to address no trump, and two novels in work.show more