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Summer Poetry Feature: Mary Ferrari’s Waiting

Submitted by on September 5, 2013 – 3:58 pm

Mary Selby Ferrari was born in New Orleans in 1928.  She grew up in Great Neck, Long Island, and was educated at the College of New Rochelle, New York University and Columbia University.  She taught poetry workshops and other writing and literary courses and Iona College, the College of New Rochelle and The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s.

Her work has appeared in three previous collections of her own and in such magazines and anthologies as The World, Adventure in Poetry, Angel Hair, Broadway 1 and Broadway 2, Hanging Loose, Telephoneand New York Quarterly.  She won the Dylan Thomas Memorial Award for Poetry at the New School.

Ferrari has four children.  She lived in Paris for four years and has lived in Larchmont, NY for over thirty years.  She and her late husband lived temporarily in South Africa, where she taught poetry to the street boys of Johannesburg and was a visiting lecturer in creative writing at the University of Witswatersrand.  Her work has appeared in South African magazines The New Nation and Staffrider.

Today we are featuring her poem “Waiting”.

waiting
the winter            of distances        comes
like little onions        somewhat grayish
pink, with vague vertical stripes
expanding at the horizon, yet motionless
perhaps I've done something wrong
should have telephoned someone
I see faces           old school, new school
I hear                   a flock of small             rains
I hear                   nothing, the tick of it
has come into my room
unchanged
I'll wait again     tomorrow

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