Megan Duffy Brown
Originally from New Orleans, Megan Duffy Brown is a queer poet and writing coach/editor/tutor living in coastal San Mateo County. Her poetry has been published, most recently, in Poetry Ink, an anthology curated by Moonstone Press, by MiGoZine, and in Forum Magazine. In 2020, her poem “Life at the Center” was selected to commemorate the first anniversary of Jose Castro’s painting of the Middlefield Mural in North Fair Oaks, Calif. Before she began writing, Megan was involved in survey research and community organizing and worked to support the efforts of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in Nevada. Since March 2020, Megan has hosted a few online poetry events for artists both in and out of San Mateo County and now welcomes invitations to public appearances and in-person collaboration. She is proud to serve as a current judge for the local Word Slam youth poetry contest.
Poem on Belonging
I AM FROM I am from a sliver from a bowl of water and polite requests for gold I am from a damp oasis of reptiles beguiling, ancient under the shade of wide-open hands where Spanish moss dangles I’m from an education in difficult spelling (Tchoupitoulas) and hugging the tearful From lower your voice! and speak your mind! I was once from the Baptists who hopped the fence I’m from a city that care should recall from bejeweled sugar-bread the root in coffee from canoeing to Mom’s hospital job through the ‘83 flood grab bags of photographed joy line my cypress dresser drawers I am from that first spark of light a fern frond unfurling for a certain healer and a certain sailor one long ago aureate dawn.
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