6 She was not old not young either but smart, I thought ‒ nominated for a Pushcart Prize looking forward to retirement and having more time to devote to writing ‒ until ‒ this I did not know ‒ she put off her health care until she finished her poems and now ‒ finished with both. Dead. Today her porch sale writes her obituary.
22 if you don't like today's politics ‒ passive-aggressive assault sharpened to a stalemate ‒ you need only to ask why any of it should surprise you like the women and children who stayed aboard the Mayflower while the men pillaged corn at Truro pretended the treasure was abandoned and filled their starving bellies with the theft.
54 so many trees down in the woods you, too a rising tide of climate change left them standing, starved waiting for that wind the wind took them in the night the loss is clear today I see the cars gliding by on icy roads on the far side of the canal those broken trees have cleared the view I see the broken trees but you
When Martha Deed turned 65 she wrote a twisted autobiography of 65 linked poems 65 words each. Peter Ganick published the result in his chapbook series: 65 x 65 (small chapbook project, 2006). For 80, she has invented another form: 80 syllables. The three submitted poems are from this 80 x 80 series. Her poetry collections, Climate Change (2014) and Under the Rock (2019) both published by FootHills Publishing. Seven chapbooks, dozens of single poems, two Pushcart Nominations.