Today's poem is "Before Jumping Off the Bridge"
from Bully Pulpit

White Violet Press

Kim Bridgford is the director of the West Chester University Poetry Center and the West Chester University Poetry Conference. As editor of Mezzo Cammin, she was the founder of The Mezzo Cammin Women Poets Timeline Project, which was launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington in 2010. She is the author of six books of poetry: Undone (David Robert Books), Instead of Maps (David Robert Books), In the Extreme: Sonnets about World Records (Story Line Press), Take-Out (David Robert Books), Hitchcock’s Coffin: Sonnets about Classic Films (David Robert Books), and Bully Pulpit (White Violet Press). Bridgford has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1999- 2000) and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts (2003), as well as the Robert E. Wall Award at Fairfield University, given to one faculty member per year for extraordinary research (2007). Her work has appeared on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, four times on Verse Daily, and has been honored by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. She has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Connecticut Post, the website of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and in various headline news outlets. She wrote the introduction to Russell Goings’ The Children of Children Keep Coming, an epic griot song, and joined Goings in ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange when the book was released, a week before the Obama Inauguration.

Other poems by Kim Bridgford in Verse Daily:
September 10, 2011:   "The Elephant in the Room" "Choose another way to conduct yourself...."
August 21, 2007:   "The Chicken That Lived the Longest without a Head" " The first few days produced the most surprise..."
May 21, 2003:  "Little Red Riding Hood Grows Up" "Sometimes she feels the wolves behind her eyes..."
May 18, 2003:  "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" "How can he tell them that he sees wolf-shapes..."

Books by Kim Bridgford:

Other poems on the web by Kim Bridgford:
Five poems
"Tipping Point, 94 Hamsters"
"The Carpenter"
Eleven poems
"To Kill a Mockingbird"
Two poems
"Tightrope Walker"
"The Tree of Life"
Four poems

Kim Bridgford According to Wikipedia.

About Bully Pulpit:

"Stately and assured, Kim Bridgford triumphs over private, public, mythic and literary bullies in her newest volume, Bully Pulpit, a sustained book of poems that ranges wide and deep, shining a searchlight on the world of threats. Her crisp meters and deft turns of phrase take on “mobbing” to “bullycides,” intelligently moving us from examples of survivor-figures (like Rosa Parks) to literary victims (like Desdemona) and on to film icons, too. The growl of Norma Desmond bursts forth, and the electric and charming voices of the Triplets of Belleville. Are these the subjects of poetry? You bet they are, especially in Bridgford’s valiant hands."
—Molly Peacock

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