A verbal quilt sewn together by a few generations of poets
Poet and author Marilyn Wassmann’s book presents her family’s poetry
COOKSTOWN, NEW JERSEY, USA, October 13, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – Marilyn Wassmann pursued her passion for words and works of art by weaving her collection of her family’s creative pursuits and connecting them to the quilt of memorable poems from his grandmother. She is a poet from a family that has produced a poet or artist from time to time throughout her history in America. Their work can be found in Wassmann’s book “Pen Scratching Poets: A Collection of One Family’s Creative Pursuits”
Marilyn Benjamin Wassmann earned four degrees – two in Art History, one in Library Science and one in Studio Art, and before retiring she worked as an art cataloger at the Library of Congress. She has illustrated and contributed to the anthologies of the Greenbelt Writes Group. With the help of her husband, she published “What the Wind Blown: 6 Stories to Read with Children”, a collection of poems designed to be read to and with children of all ages. “What the Wind Blew In”, “Pen Scratching Poets” and her third book “The Opossum and The Cats” are all published by Writers’ Branding.
“Pen Scratching Poets”, originally published in 2016, is a showcase of poetry from the Benjamin side of the family (Wassmann’s maiden name is Benjamin). Readers will also be entitled to many poems and illustrations of Marilyn that she has created over the years.
They will also be able to read poems from Wassmann’s family, including poems by his father, sister, and some of his nieces and nephews. And one of the highlights of this book are the poems of Marilyn’s grandmother, Ethel Tillotson Benjamin, which were taken from a little black book of poems given to Marilyn’s father. When Ethel’s life changed, America’s changed too. She said her wedding vows as the auto and electrical industries swept the country, she saw two sons go to war, she saw the country sink into the Great Depression, and eventually she got old and noticed that her own hands were turning gray and wearing out. Despite these changes, Ethel wanted to give her children some advice for the future, and she was determined to find joy in her memories, her hopes and her family.
Wrap yourself in Ethel’s warm quilt and share it as you read how it has led to successive generations of poets, who Wassmann says carry what is undoubtedly a “poetic spirit” or a “poetic gene” . They added to this verbal quilt by writing about everything from their childhood cradles and carefully planted gardens to their cherished memories and sorrows. Marilyn’s grandmother lives in her poems on faith, hope, advice for the future and family love. Thanks to the birth of the Internet, September 11 and violent shootings, Marilyn found love, she saw her loved ones grow and change, and with the seasons, she saw and endured her hands wrinkling, her collection of canes growing up and its recurrent struggles with pain. But, like her grandmother, she definitely found joy in her memories, her hopes and her family!
Readers, young and old alike, interested in honest expressions of affection and will appreciate the content of “Pen Scratching Poets”, both for the simple and straightforward lines of poetry, and the vibrant sketches that accompany each.
If you want to immerse yourself in the creative spirit of Marilyn Wassmann and some of her family, go to www.writersbranding.com to pick up a copy of one of her books. You can also visit their website at www.marilynwassmann.com.
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