I'm thankful for a life in words, for every poem that has sustained me, for every teacher who loved language and savored the sound of words. I'm thankful for my disfunctional family of origin that has given me so many poems! For my sister, who is also a poet, praise be! For my sister, Elaine Zimmerman, who is a Connecticut Commissioner, who protects and serves children and families. For my job, that lets me talk about poetry every day, every evening, for years, that brings talented new poets into my life all the time. For my husband, who keeps me grounded, and whose Ecology works to keep what's left of green, green. For my friends, who laugh with me, write alongside, feed me, and protect me. For my daughter, whose beauty is undeniable,whose writing is jazzy and crisp like Prosecco.
For Peking duck and barbequed tofu, for 2005 Bordeaux, for the rose without preservatives at Stefan's cafe in Deep France, for Odette, for Moises, in memory. For memory.
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.