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“Permission to Speak” poetry for healing, by Lorraine Blanco Grund, is a collection of twenty five poems, one of which is titled “Permission to speak”.  

It is a very emotional outpouring of responses to first hand experiences and observations of life.  

The poems contain depth of feeling and beauty along with doubt, fear and pain.  At times the thoughts the lines of poetry induce are very disturbing, but that is only because life itself is often disturbing. 

These poems caused me to think back on my own life, filled with many highs and lows, pain and pleasure. 

Reading “Permission to Speak” poetry for healing is a disturbingly rewarding experience.
— Roger Brann

excerpt-300x50Edition #62 – December 29, 2013


By Lorraine Blanco Grund


For my sister Renee, still the sun
that dries up 
all the rain.

Death comes barreling down the tracks
an express train
rattling and whistling.
We try to race ahead
but we can’t get off the track.
No matter how hard we run
some of us fall on the tracks
way too early
and what is unlucky
but the opposite of fortunate.
The time between
when a mother and sister fell
was way too short.
I’m gasping for air
but the train does not stop
the express does not slow down.
Does anyone have time to see
how the moon hangs so close tonight?
I can almost touch her.
Can she see my tears
through the nebulae
or do they shine too?
The earth is soaked in tears and pain.
The rattling and whistling
of the express train
fades away in the distance
as I sprint like the wind.
Mother moon is always above me
lighting the dark tracks.
Tomorrow sister sun will wake me
drying up the rain
and shining down
on the daisies and me.


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Lorraine Blanco Grund went to the College of Oneonta, State University of New York where she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in English in 1991.  In 2003 she graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso.  She taught English and English as a Second Language to children of the colonias (ghettos) of El Paso for eight years. 

Lorraine published a short story, “The Fourth Category of Men,” in BorderSenses in the Spring 2001 issue; a poem, “Como Te Extrano Abuelita,” in the Fall 2006 issue; a poem, “Suicide of a Moth,” in the Spring 2004 issue.  In the Fall 2004 issue of Banned she published “August’s Full Moons” and “La Huesera.”  She also published “Resurrection” in Children, Churches and Daddies in the February 2006 issue and “Permission to Speak” in the March 2006 issue. 

She currently resides in upstate New York with her daughter, boyfriend and German Shepherd.

Find Lorraine on:
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