Marion Tracy recently spent six years in New South Wales Australia having an extended ‘gap year’ once her children left home. It was there that she joined memoir writing groups in her early fifties and began writing her own poetry. After thirty years teaching Communication, English Language and Literature, most recently at West Herts College near Watford, it was a revelation to experience the art of poetry for real outside the class room.
Making all the mistakes in the book along the way, she gradually became part of the Australian poetry scene, the journey to Sydney being five hours by coach. Eventually she was reading at festival open mikes and achieving publication in magazines such as Heat and Blue Dog.
In England she has had work accepted by Poetry Wales, The Rialto, Iota, Tears in the Fence, Poetry Express, Artemis, Obsessed with Pipework, Under the Radar, Scintilla and Mslexia.
Her favourite poets are William Blake, Sylvia Plath, Mark Doty, Sharon Olds and Anne Carson.
Dreaming of Our Better Selves, Vanguard Editions, 2016
Giant in the Doorway, HappenStance, 2012