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Poets

Lynnie Gobeille

Lynnie Gobeille is passionate about poetry.

Along with Barbara Schweitzer and Jan Keough, she is one of the co-founders/co-editors of The Origami Poems Project, a world-wide “free poetry event.” She believes in the healing magic of words and is helping to change the world: “one free poetry book at a time."

Her worked has been widely published and includes The Orange Room Review, The Sow's Ear Review, Crone’s Nest, The Avatar, The Prairie Home Companion, New Verse News, The Providence Journal (Poetic License) and The Naugatuck River Review. She was the Editor of the Providence Journal's Poetry Corner (South County Edition). 

Her personal essay about the Origami Poems Project was broadcast as part of the This I Believe series on WRNI, RI's NPR affiliate. In 2012 she recorded another essay for the series on the healing power of writing: 'Daily Words'.

 

 

  In 2014 Finishing Line Press published Lynnie Gobeille's chapbook, 'Life not quite Understood'
  Visit her webpage for further details.  Cover photo by Pip Hartnett
 
 
  ► Oct. 2016 - This exciting news:

January 2016: Lynnie Gobeille was nominated for State Poet Laureate of Rhode Island
Success to you, Lynnie!

Lynnie's Origami micro-chapbooks and select audio* & viewable poems are available below.

Origami Micro-chapbook

Selected Poem(s)

In Real Time

 

Cover photo by Pip Hartnett

Opening Lines

In real time? He has meetings to discuss his money and meetings to discuss new jobs
and meetings to design structures that will support someone else’s dream.
In real time he is always driving, driving, driving to a new jobsite.
Sketching plans- an architect of steel and iron beams.

In real time? She has meetings to discuss new submissions and meetings to define poetry
and meetings that will ultimately build structures 26 characters 46 lines per page.
In real time she is diving, diving, diving down into a new thought space.
Ink on paper- an architect of some one else’s dreams.

In real time? His life is filled with a wife, a dog, a beautiful home,
and the glorious knowing that he has a lifelong companion at his side.
His dance card is filled with good friends, plans, trips, and so many adventures still to take;
his cup overflowing.
His day is busy, busy, busy. He is always and forever: busy.
 
In real time? Her life is filled with books and papers, the blessed silence of inner peace,
and the glorious knowing that she has discovered her life’s work.
Her dance card is filled with the blue heron’s flight, the yellow finch and the iris breaking open in the morning light.
Her day is busy, busy, busy. She is always and forever: busy.
Lynnie Gobeille © 2013

Life not quite Understood

 
 
Cover photo from the web
 

On meeting margie in paris

red checked tablecloth
order chilled wine - ice on side
sip slowly - savor
 
talk of poetry
talking of art and magic
leaning towards words
 
two elder ladies
eating a moveable feast
we laugh at ourselves
 
sharing time and space
falling in love with language
rejoice in word play
Lynnie Gobeille © 2012

What I Think About When I Think About Home

 

 

Photo by Richard Benjamin's kind permission

Opening Lines


suddenly i am eighteen again
under an overpass on I-95
where my friends have left me
to overcome my fear
of being alone.


Lynnie Gobeille © 2009


The Reading

 

The Reading
Read by Lynnie Gobeille

Opening Lines



She arrives in patterned flower pants
floppy sea green sweater, clogs,
her hair loose and matted
beaded woven bracelets
dancing on her arm.
Introduces her first poem with the rambling saga
of her divorce,
the recent death of her cat,
how just today she discovered
a mouse had chewed through
small wires in the ice maker
of her mother’s old refrigerator…
Her mother’s death
resurfacing in all that water.
All of us are flattered when
she remembers our names.
Talks to us as if she knows us.
Or we know her.


Lynnie Gobeille © 2009

A Room

 
 

The Weight of Stones in Pocket

(Remembering Virginia Woolf)

Back lit by skies winter light
 oceans ebb and flow,
gulls cry, circling us in flight.
I watch the stranger on the beach
as she bends
picking up sea-glass with her hands.
Dusting off the webs of salt and sand
bringing the treasure to her lips
as if to devour it.
Working her fingers
 over the smooth surface,
mesmerized
by the glimmer of lavender dye.
“A rare find,” she tells me
when I inquire.
“more rare than eclipse
of sun and moon.”
Beloved sea-flower
in her outstretched hand,
 ‘Reason enough,” she states
 “to empty my pockets
of their weight.”

Lynnie Gobeille © 2009

So Much Depends Upon

 

 

happiness

the year you lived with me
here, in my small writer’s cave,
you complained bitterly
about my 5 a.m. writing habit.
i worried when you were late to dinner
(a meal i seldom prepared
before your moving in)
passion gave way
to discussions of light bills..
taking out the garbage…
the simple acts
in our day to day life.
so much depends upon
being the mistress
not the wife.
Lynnie Gobeille © 2009

Mile Marker 40

 

Lessons
Read by Lynnie Gobeille

Lessons



Having been taught
From the time
She was very small
That her body
Was all she had
Her legs
Her best attribute
She’d learned
To use them wisely,
Learned to wrap
And bend and twist
To “please” as
Only a woman can.
In bed and out
Back seats
And floors
Hotel Lobbies
Elevators
Road side stops
And places that would
Make even the most
Seasoned whore
Blush.
And so she views
This man with
Both fear
And amazement.
This one who’d rather
Read to her,
Seeking out her heart
Her passion
With the spoken word.


Lynnie Gobeille © 2009


September 11, 2011

 

Photo by Maureen Conley

September 11, 2011


10
Years
Ago
The
Towers
Fell
And
Thousands
Died.
The
World
As
I
Knew
It
Changed
Forever.
The
World
As
Our
Children
Viewed
It
Fell.
10
Years
Ago
Today
Hundreds
Of
People
Boarded
Jet
Planes
On
The
Way
To
Work
Or
To
Visit
On
Family
Vacations
Or
To
Simply
Escape
Life
For
A
Time.
They
Never
Made
It
Back
Home.
My
First
Spoken
Words
Today
Were
To
My
Cat,
“God, this is good coffee.”
And
The
Coffee
I
Am
Blessed
To
Be
Sipping
Is
Hot
And
Served
In
A
Clean
White
Mug
Of
My
Own
Choosing
Let freedom ring.
Let the peace flag fly.
Let God, in all his infinite wisdom,
Love us deeply.
Let our planet keep spinning.
Let us seek a means to honor each other.
Today
Is
September
11th
2011.
Lynnie Gobeille © 2011

* Recorded at Symposium Books, East Greenwich, RI

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