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Mary Getlein

Poetry – I

I I come from the story of who? I stared at the painting for years amazing picture of the Phoenix The bird that sets itself on fire disappears into the fire Then Poof! Come Back: new bird to see The ultimate in belief – but NO, looking at it, staring at it, (staring?) The picture...

Winter in Venice, 2016

Go home and write a poem, Mary it’s not that easy it looks easy: compared to writing a novel or some long memoir that used to be more interesting but now is just old old memories of long ago when you could live your dreams of living when things were free which freed up your...

Women's Rights, Again

By Mary Getlein It used to be legal to beat your wife. The stick you could use had to be no larger around than your thumb. So if your husband was a big guy, he could use a bigger stick to beat you with. Does that make any sense? How does beating your wife lead...

Bonin Walks From Meeting

By Mary Getlein A community meeting was held on June 18th, at the Boys and Girl’s Club in Venice. It was hosted by “Venice Life” to discuss the “livability” of Venice. The spokes-people included Mike Bonin, Peggy Thusing, Steve Waller, Marc Saltzberg, and Sarah Blanch. The subjects ranged from “A Vision for Venice,” Crime, Homelessness,...

Hate Crime on Glyndon Ave.

By Mary Getlein May 12 was celebrated by most Americans as Mother’s Day. On Glyndon Ave., things were not the same. A guy was living in his camper and that irritated someone, and they decided to take the law into their own hands. So they firebombed the “Magoo’s” camper. Rick Sealent, a man who lived...

"Sponto's" partied like the good ol' days

The close-out party at Sponto’s, March 15th, was so much fun! The music started with Eddie La Grosse and was followed by Suzy Williams and the Nicknamers. They were wonderful, and Suzy sang all of her signature songs, including “Dirty Old Men Need Loving, Too,” and “Moon Over Venice.” Suzy had everyone up and dancing,...

Interview of Mary Getlein

By Mary Getlein Beachhead: How did you become a poet? Mary Getlein: I don’t know – I just started writing things. I spent a lot of time watching poets perform at the church in Ocean Park. Then I met FrancEye Smith and watched her perform her poems – and she blew me away. Picture this:...

Guantanamo, Revisited

By Mary Getlein The Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba needs to be closed, now. Obama promised to close it when he was running for office in 2010. After he was elected, the issue disappeared from his agenda. Guantanamo has been in place for 11 years and has been a center of human rights violations...

The River

The River (singing) Shall we gather at the river The beautiful, the beautiful river gather with the saints at the river that flows by the Throne of God and all my friends are at the river all my old dead friends who I miss so much and they’re waving to me, across the river they...
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