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The gardens have stood up to the fates
of imminent winter and my sad neglect.
Greedy snapdragons have done good
through stubborn November

The eager primroses flashed red and
among decaying leaves once more between
early snows.
The herbs I will grow old with have anchored
 in their bed and the daisies will rise stronger
in spring.

Now is the time for mulching and sleep.
My hands ache for tools and soil.
I will replace my yen for garden tools
with the comforting grip of crochet hook.


Georgia A. Popoff, of Syracuse, NY, considers herself a "community poet," as well as a performance poet, educator, and spoken word producer. She coordinated the monthly reading series, "Third Thursday Poetry at Pastabilities" in Syracuse for 2 years; she also coordinated "Poetry at the End," at Happy Endings Cake & Coffeehouse, and was the Syracuse Poetry Slam Master for 2 years. In fall/winter 2000, she coordinated a series, "Sunday Kind of Words," to present featured poets who offered both an afternoon workshop and evening reading to the Central New York writing community.

Georgia has been a member of the editorial board for The Comstock Review for 4 years and was poetry editor for Central New York Environment for 4 years. She competed in the 1994 and 1995 National Poetry Slams; poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Asheville Poetry Review, Midwest Poetry Review, Poetpourri, Red Brick Review, Salt Hill Journal, as well as two anthologies, The Waist is a Terrible Thing to Mind: A Wake Up Call (Breakthrough Press, 2000) and Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (Manic D Press, 2000). Web-based publications include poets4peace, MAP of Austin Poetry, The Poet's Porch, as well as moderating an ongoing on-line poetry workshop with participants from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. Her book, Coaxing Nectar from Longing, was published by Hale Mary Press in 1997. She has presented workshops at poetry festivals, in schools, adult education centers, community centers, women's shelters, and juvenile detention facilities. Georgia is also a coach for the NAACP ACT-SO program for African American teens, which she has done since 1994.

Among her commitments for year 2000, she was one of five panelists of performance poets to present to the Northeast Modern Language Association annual conference in Buffalo, New York, and she will once again appear at the 2001 NEMLA convention in Toronto in spring 2001. During summer 2000, she taught a 5-week poetry workshop at a detention facility for youth at risk, as well as two workshops for teachers on using nature and the environment as a tool for teaching language and writing arts. Georgia will also teach a week-long workshop in Tuscany in June 2001.

The three strongest elements of what Georgia feels her poetry represents are heart, truth, and community, the community of common experience of the human condition. Poetry is her joy, her passion, and her mission.

For more information, please visit Georgia Popoff's Web site:

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