“I am becoming the woman I’ve wanted, grey at the temples, soft body, delighted, cracked up by life, with a laugh that’s known bitter but, past it, got better, knows she’s a survivor – that whatever comes, she can outlast it. I am becoming a deep weathered basket.
” I am becoming the woman I’ve longed for, the motherly lover with arms strong and tender, the growing up daughter who blushes surprises. I am becoming full moons and sunrises.
“I find her becoming, this woman I’ve wanted, who knows she’ll encompass, who knows she’s sufficient, knows where she is going and travels with passion. Who remembers she’s precious, but knows she’s not scarce – who knows she is plenty, plenty to share.”
I have quoted from this poem by Jayne Relaford Brown before . And it really speaks to me and says it all for me. It is published in “I am Becoming the Woman I’ve Wanted” a book that was bought for me by my late husband. He certainly knew how to choose the right books (or push the right buttons perhaps, or even knew me better than I knew myself).
Anyway, I know very little about this woman who has written about me as if she knows me.
I have found out that she received an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing from San Diego State University and teaches writing at Penn State University Berks-Lehigh Valley College where she is also a Senior lecturer in English. In addition, she teaches composition, creative writing and advanced non fiction courses.
Her poem, “Finding Her Here,” is distributed as a poster by Syracuse Cultural Workers. It has been translated into Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.
I really would like to know more about her. Can anybody help please.