Amanda Surkont began her writing career at the age of 11. Her first book of poetry, Pondicherry Square, is a memoir of sorts that captures the voices and nuances of a small community of real people who have passed through Amanda’s life growing up in Bridgton, Maine.
Her work has appeared in Nedge Magazine, Impulse, Art Life, Potpourri, Wolf Moon Press, and Puckerbrush Review and other journals. Living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont along the shores of the Connecticut River, Amanda is passionate about literacy. When she is not writing she is actively promoting literacy among underserved rural communities.
The following poem appeared in a
chapbook, Nothing Happens Here,
published by the Premier Poets Series,
(some in an earlier version):
The author gratefully acknowledges the
following journals and presses where
some of these poems appeared (some in
an earlier version):
Regrets Only, Little Pear Press:
The following poems appear in
My Mother s Mothers
an old man with nothing.
He tends to things
in the garden, things
nobody wants to eat.
She thinks his pants
are too old and too soft,
as soft as his mind
these days. She recalls
she loved him once
when she was ten
and the other girls
in the building were
Amanda Surkont © 2009