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Judith Searle

Judith Searle's poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including ZinkZine (, Milkweed Chronicle, The Signal, Tucumcari Literary Review, Elima, The New York Times, The Vineyard Gazette, and Cosmopolitan. Her first poetry collection, In the Teeth of Time will be published in 2003.  She has performed her one-woman poetry program, "The Ages of Woman," at various venues in New York and Los Angeles.

Her novel, Lovelife, was published by NAL Books. She is also the author of three nonfiction books: The Literary Enneagram: Characters from the Inside Out; Getting the Part, a book for actors; and Sleep Talk, a parenting book. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Drama Review, Cosmopolitan, Magazine Main, and Enneagram Monthly, and her scripts have been produced on television.

She has taught writing workshops at UCLA, UC Irvine, and UC Riverside, and currently offers regularly scheduled workshops at The New School in New York City. She heads The Editorial Department, a Santa Monica company that offers literary services to authors and publishers.

Midsummer Madness

Nature is in her manic phase again:
the bushes are aflame with wild roses,
the tree by the kitchen door exposes
nipples of apples to the summer rain.
The whip-poor-will, crazed like a soul in pain,
sits on the wall each night and imposes
through sun-drenched layers of deep reposes
his never, never ending refrain.
The swallows nesting in cliffs by the sea
dart about frantically tending their young.
The waves pound the sand, the winds are gusting,
while between the rocks, entirely free
of clothing which has been hastily flung,
tanned young lovers are joyously lusting.

© 2003 Judith Searle

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