Note to viewers: in order to preserve the formatting of this poem, I had to attach it as a PDF. Simply click on the title to read the poem.
At the beginning, as the story goes, Marian was a musician, learning to sing a wordless Star Spangled Banner from her draft-dodging ironic father before she could walk. Later, still a musician, she married, becoming Marian Kaplun Shapiro, and received her doctorate in psychology. She practices as a Quaker and psychologist, imbedding one within the other. She is the author of a professional book, Second Childhood (Norton, 1988), a poetry book, Players In The Dream, Dreamers In The Play (Plain View Press, 2007) and two chapbooks: Your Third Wish, (Finishing Line, 2007); and The End Of The World, Announced On Wednesday (Pudding House, 2007). She was five times named Senior Poet Laureate of Massachusetts, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2012.