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Face in the Mirror
by Kerfe Roig

I
had long
beautiful
hair. Straight. Waist-length.
What was I thinking?
I was thinking: Change. New.
Reinvention. I thought: Bold.
Happy. Admiration. Envy.
Compliments and An Exciting Life.
Blame it on Charley’s Angels. Blame it
on Carly, Fashion, Photographs
in Magazines, Vanity…
But wait—didn’t I feel
uncomfortable,
didn’t I know?
That mirror
was not
me.

Illustration by the author, with a nod to Man Ray

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: In the 1970s, a graduate of fashion school and working in the fashion industry, I decided I needed a makeover. So I cut the long straight hair that remained from my hippie days and embarked on a series of permanents. It didn’t take too long for me to realize that the hair I was born with suited me best, and it has remained straight ever since.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerfe Roig enjoys transforming words and images (but no longer her hair) into something new. You can follow her explorations on the blog she does with her friend Nina at methodtwomadness.wordpress.com.

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: Taken at work during the 1970s.

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Translation (for Montserrat Roig)
by Kerfe Roig

Translations are necessary.
The blood begins in Catalan.
Roig becomes rojo becomes red.
You knew these three songs of the tongue.
You knew about women. You knew
translations are necessary
between silenced lives of women
and loud words from the lives of men.
You knew relationships always
contain questions. Never simple:
translations are necessary.
The same meaning? Not exactly.
What language do I really speak?
Is it contained in the center
of the journey from roig to red?
Translations are necessary.

AUTHOR’S NOTE ON THE IMAGE: Me (left), Montserrat Roig (right), and the transition from roig to red, Catalonia to America.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Montserrat Roig (1946-1991) was a fiction writer, essayist, TV journalist, and political activist committed to Catalan culture and feminism. She was especially interested in the generational relationships between women and the marginal nature of women’s writing. I did not become aware of the origin of my surname until adulthood. First I learned it was Spanish; later, I discovered the name was actually Catalan, filtered through Spain. Montserrat Roig lived the layers and tensions of Catalan/Spanish identity. Her novels about the lives of women intrigue me, but though she both spoke and taught in English, her work is available in the United States only in Spanish. I own a copy of L’hora Violeta. Sadly, despite my ancestry, I speak and experience life only in American English. “Translations are necessary.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerfe Roig enjoys transforming words and images into something new. You can follow her explorations on the blog she does with her friend Nina: methodtwomadness.wordpress.com.

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Weaving the Universe
by Kerfe Roig

and
I said:
Here are threads,
here is a frame
to anchor them. Here are
the colors of the earth
and the fibers of living:
Weave them into worlds of pattern,
into a mirror, reflected song.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: In Navajo stories, Spider Woman, after creating the world, was given the gift of weaving by the Holy People. Instructed by Spider Man, who created the first loom, and Spider Woman, who sings the weaving song, the people of the Navajo nation continue to pass on the ways of fiber work to their descendants.

Illustration by Kerfe Roig

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerfe Roig often uses fiber in her artwork. Inspired by the Navajo myth, she embroidered a Spider Woman doll to serve as companion and spiritual advisor. You can follow her poetic and artistic journey on the blog she does with her friend Nina: methodtwomadness.wordpress.com.

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: Spider Woman, my fiber alter ego. (Artwork by Kerfe Roig.)

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That’s Me (By the Sea):
Self-Portrait after Chantal Joffe
by Kerfe Roig
That’s my shirt: my beach,
my youth, my uncertainty:
which path leads home?

PAINTING (left): “Vita by the Sea” by Chantal Joffe (2014).

PAINTING (right): Self-portrait by Kerfe Roig inspired by Chantal Joffe’s painting cited above.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: After seeing the paintings of Chantal Joffe at The Jewish Museum in New York City, I decided to investigate her work in more depth. The portraits really resonated, and I chose Joffe as the first artist in my “100 Self Portraits” project.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerfe Roig is currently working on 100 self-portraits inspired by the work of other artists. You can follow the journey on the blog she does with her friend Nina here.

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Matcha-cha
by Kerfe Roig

sweet sugar. mix
one at a time. Combine un
til cool completely.

Collage illustration by Kerfe Roig.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My daughter loves to bake, and I altered her altered recipe for green tea cupcakes from allrecipes.com with a haiku and a joyful dance.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerfe Roig writes poems for art and makes art for poems. Sometimes the recipe includes both. You can follow her process at  methodtwomadness.wordpress.com, the blog she has with her friend Nina.

Self-portrait drawing by Kerfe Roig. 

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Older
by Kerfe Roig

Wishing for nothing.
Entering each day holding
no expectations.
Didn’t have a plan.
Years imposed order. Fortune
known. Disappointment.
Evolve. Unlearn. With
return discover and eat
food for new thinking.
Yes I can do that:
everything is open with
suddenly wide eyes.

AUTHOR’S NOTE ON THE IMAGE: Me, transformed by Photoshop.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: We are always recreating and reinventing who we are. Each year adds new experiences that open doors to opportunities for transforming the face we show to ourselves and the world. Dive in!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A knit designer by trade, Kerfe Roig likes to make things with colors, lines, textures, and sounds. You can follow her creative adventures on the blog she does with her friend Nina: https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/.

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haiku
by Kerfe Roig

the sound of nothing
to do, nowhere to go. just
listen: ocean. sky.

AUTHOR’S NOTE ON THE PHOTOGRAPH: I have been vacationing at the beach since I moved to the east coast in 1964. A favorite spot: the Outer Banks (here, in the 1990’s, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I mostly do my poetic explorations these days in haiku, often as a comment on artwork I have done.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A knit designer by trade, Kerfe Roig likes to make things with colors, lines, textures, and sounds. You can follow her creative adventures on the blog she does with her friend Nina: https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/.

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Thank you to the 120 poets from 31 states and 17 countries who contributed their work to our I AM STILL WAITING Series, which ran from April 19, 2021 to July 16, 2021. It was a wonderful three-month homage to the late, great Lawrence Ferlinghetti and his influential poem “I Am Waiting.” Ferlinghetti’s work and legacy will resound forever! Many thanks to…

Cynthia Anderson
Paige L. Austin
Jaya Avendel
David Bachner
Sam Barbee
Jenny Bates
Laurel Benjamin
Shelly Blankman
Lavina Blossom
Rose Mary Boehm
Steve Bogdaniec
Ranney Campbell
Robin Cantwell
Gary Carter
Jan Chronister
Tricia Marcella Cimera
Clive Collins
Paul Corbeil
Joe Cottonwood
Barbara Crary
Howard Richard Debs
Rafaella Del Bourgo
Hali Denton
Lara Dolphin
Margaret Dornaus
Margaret Duda
Barbara Eknoian
Jeff Ewing
Attracta Fahy
Scott Ferry
Mark A. Fisher
Yvette Viets Flatten
Laura Foley
Thomas Fullmer
Martina Gallegos
Christian Garduno
Sue Mayfield Geiger
Matthew Gilbert
VInce Gotera
Vijaya Gowrisankar
Oz Hardwick
Steven Hendrix
Maura High
Stephen Howarth
Mathias Jansson
Sarika Jaswani
Andrew Jeter
Carole Johnston
Joe Johnston
Paul Jones
Feroza Jussawalla
Debra Kaufman
Lynne Kemen
Munia Khan
Kim Klugh
Tricia Knoll
Judy Kronenfeld
Mary Anna Kruch
Aakriti Kuntal
Laurie Kuntz
Jennifer Lagier
Paula J. Lambert
Joan Leotta
Eleanor Lerman
Robert Lima
Rick Lupert
Anne Lutomia
Andy MacGregor
Tamara Madison
Giovanni Mangiante
Shahé Mankerian
Betsy Mars
Lindsey Martin-Bowen
Mary McCarthy
Joan McNerney
Shannon Milliman
Elaine Mintzer
Lisa Molina
Sally Mortemore
Leah Mueller
Jagari Mukherjee
Lowell Murphree
Mish (Eileen) Murphy
Burleigh Mutén
Jill Namatsi
Lillian Nećakov
Maria Nestorides
Cristina M.R. Norcross
Mary O’Brien
Jay Passer
James Penha
Darrell Petska
Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad
Jessica Purdy
Patrick T. Reardon
Jeannie E. Roberts
Kerfe Roig
Ed Ruzicka
Rikki Santer
Federica Santini
Wilderness Sarchild
Sheikha A.
Julia Klatt Singer
Ranjith Sivaraman
Massimo Soranzio
Julie Standig
Carol A. Stephen
Terrence Sykes
Alarie Tennille
Gail Tirone
Richard Vargas
Smitha Vishwanath
Alan Walowitz
Kelley White
Lynn White
Jonathan Yungkans
Thomas Zampino
Andrena Zawinski
Yvonne Zipter
Joanie HF Zosike

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Thank you to the 97 authors from 28 states and 9 countries who participated in our HOW TO Poetry and Prose Series, which ran from February 17 to April 18, 2021. We learned so much along the way! It was a great two-month journey! Many thanks to…

Lisa Alletson
Kathryn Almy
Paige L. Austin
Jaya Avendel
Janet Banks
Jane Baston
Laurel Benjamin
Nina Bennett
Robert Bensen
Penny Blackburn
Shelly Blankman
Mark Blickley
Rose Mary Boehm
Steve Bogdaniec
Elya Braden
Steven Bridenbaugh
Ranney Campbell
Jan Chronister
Tricia Marcella Cimera
Sara Clancy
Joe Cottonwood
Barbara Crary
Barbara Crooker
Jonathan Croose
Howard Richard Debs
Rafaella Del Bourgo
Julie A. Dickson
Dakota Donovan
Elizabeth Dunford
Barbara Eknoian
Scott Ferry
Jennifer Finstrom
Yvette Viets Flaten
Sue Mayfield Geiger
Ken Gierke
Laura Glenn
Catherine Gonick
Vince Gotera
Tina Hacker
Oz Hardwick
Stephanie L. Harper
Penny Harter
Jennifer Hernandez
Stephen Howarth
Mathias Jansson
Paul Jones
Allison B. Kelly
Lynne Kemen
Tricia Knoll
Paula J. Lambert
Joan Leotta
Anne Namatsi Lutomia
Marjorie Maddox
Mohini Malhotra
Shahé Mankerian
Betsy Mars
Carolyn Martin
Lindsey Martin-Bowen
Mary McCarthy
Fokkina McDonnell
Beth McDonough
Joan McNerney
Ed Meek
Lawrence Miles
Michael Minassian
Penelope Moffet
Lisa Molina
Leah Mueller
Lowell Murphree
Lylanne Musselman
Lillian Nećakov
Robbi Nester
Maria Nestorides
Cristina M. R. Norcross
Suzanne O’Connell
Robert Okaji
Jay Passer
Jon Pearson
Sara Lynne Puotinen
Patrick T. Reardon
Jeannie E. Roberts
Kerfe Roig
Dorothy O Rombo
Ed Ruzicka
Sheikha A.
Julia Klatt Singer
Massimo Soranzio
Carol A. Stephen
JC Sulzenko
Rebecca Surmont
Alarie Tennille
Richard Vargas
Julene Waffle
Sheila Wellehan
Kelley White
Graham Wood
Jonathan Yungkans

Photo by Chernetskaya, used by permission.

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Thank you to the 105 contributors from around the world who participated in our WEARING A MASK Series, which ran from May 21-June 24, 2020. Our deepest appreciation for the following authors (and one artist) for contributing their work to the series! Cheers!

Sarah Alfonsi
MP Armstrong
Carol Alena Aronoff
Barbara Bald
Janet Banks
Amy Bassin
Roberta Beary
Shelly Blankman
Mark Blickley
Rose Mary Boehm
Boutheina Boughnin
Gregory Brooks
Kelsey Bryan-Zwick
Ranney Campbell
Patricia Carragon
Nikki Carter
Lael Cassidy
Tricia Marcella Cimera
Patrice Boyer Claeys
Joan Colby
Clive Collins
Joe Cottonwood
Barbara Crary
Subhankar Das
Susan L. DeMiller
Steven Deutsch
Julie A. Dickson
Dakota Donovan
Barbara Eknoian
Joseph A. Farina
Jennifer Finstrom
Beth Fox
Preeth Ganapathy
Edna Garcia
Lourdes A. Gautier
Gail Goepfert
Vince Gotera
Vijaya Gowrisankar
Jae Green
Anita Haas
Zoë Hajec
Oz Hardwick
Ken Hartke
John Haugh
Veronica Hosking
Fiona Johnston
Joseph Johnston
Cecilia Kennedy
Tricia Knoll
Chuck Kramer
Jennifer Lagier
Marie C. Lecrivain
Joan Leotta
Shontay Luna
Rick Lupert
Anne Namatsi Lutomia
Marjorie Maddox
Sarah Mak
Betsy Mars
Lindsey Martin-Bowen
Mary C. McCarthy
Linda McKenney
Bob McNeil
Michele Mekel
Robert Minicucci
Neil David Mitchell
Olaniyi Ololade Moses
Jagari Mukherjee
Priyanka Mukherjee
Shelli Narang
Robbi Nester
Maria Nestorides
Carolyn O’Connell
James Penha
David T. Pennington
Kaitlyn Perrin
Apoorva B. Raj
Angie Raney
Patrick T. Reardon
Jeannie E. Roberts
Stephen Thomas Roberts
Kerfe Roig
Alexis Rotella
Sarah Russell
Stephanie JT Russell
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Wilderness Sarchild
Ndaba Sibanda
Leslie Sittner
Clifton Snider
Massimo Soranzio
Carol A. Stephen
Terrence Sykes
Ann Christine Tabaka
Lynn Tait
Thomas R. Thomas
Mary Langer Thompson
Smitha Vishwanath
Alan Walowitz
Nancy Wheaton
Kelley White
Lynn White
Lisa Wiley
Jonathan Yungkans
Joanie HF Zosike

To revisit the series, click this link.  Stay tuned for future calls for submissions!

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