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Barbara Alfaro
Poet, essayist, playwright.
Poet, essayist, playwright.

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Remembering My Irish Grandmothers
At Sea for Celia Sheridan In 1882, on a voyage
from Ireland to America ,
my great grandmother Celia Sheridan died giving birth to her son, who also died. She was survived by her husband John Sheridan and their daughter Beatrice. Your husband holds your

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Saturday Morning Live
It isn’t easy to
laugh when the U.S.
president confuses his executive power with the divine right of kings in 17 th century England
and France but thanks to Saturday Night Live it is possible. In "History of the World: Part 1" Mel Brooks says "It's good to ...

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A Christmas Memory
The following was originally published Christmas 2013. Remember the lace tablecloth used only on special occasions, the good
china, silver, crystal glassware, and the Christmas candles in the
center of the table. Dinner will be turkey, dressing, mashed po...

An Unfinished Poem
On November 7 th , I began writing a poem about a
woman I met in a hospital waiting room that morning. Energetic, glad, and
eighty-six, Nancy
talked about great coffee, shelter dogs, and her son. I didn’t finish the poem
that day because too many images and...

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Holiday Sale of Ebook Edition of Mirror Talk
Mirror Talk, my award-winning memoir is on sale now through January. Only $0.99 in US. Click here to purchase a copy. And Happy Holidays!

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The Uses of Enchantment
My poem "The Uses of Enchantment" was published today. To read the poem, scroll down a bit after you open this link The Greensilk Journal . Note: The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales was written by the brilliant child psycholog...

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Halloween Parties and Poems
The following is an excerpt from my memoir Mirror Talk. I am remembering that long ago
Halloween party at my best friend Mary Sue’s home in Douglaston, Long
Island. Second grade giggly girls, loved
like candy. My mother bought my plastic
costume in a Woolwo...

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Pups & Poems
In the fall of 2014 I participated as a student and a community TA in  an  edX  massive open online course (MOOC) called  The Art of Poetry . The two month course taught by former poet laureate Robert Pinsky was extremely demanding and extremely rewarding. ...
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