Kitt O’Malley: Featured Poet

To have Laura A. Lord, a bona fide, gifted, published poet, someone formally educated in writing, feature me on her site as a “poet”… well, I’m flattered to say the least. Check out Laura’s work at She’s awesome. Her writing blows me away.

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There is seldom a greater compliment than having your work inspire others to respond with their own poetry. Let’s give a warm welcome to Kitt O’Malley.

Kitt_Gray Kitt O’Malley is a mother and wife who lives with bipolar disorder. She is licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist, but hasn’t practiced as a psychotherapist in over 20 years. She has a bachelors in legal studies from UC Berkeley, a masters in psychology from New College of California, and has attended Fuller Theological Seminary. Her career path has included working as a legal assistant, psychotherapist, and commercial real estate professional. Obviously, she can’t stick to one thing for very long.
 My Response to Laura A. Lord’s Of Roots and Wreckage

Answering the call of Laura Lord’s poetry
I write not as a poet
For I have not Lord’s skill nor gift
But in response to her words moving mine
That, in…

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Laura A. Lord’s Of Roots and Wreckage

In Of Roots and Wreckage, Laura A. Lord moves us with the imagery that has come to define her poetry. Whether looking into the brutal truths of where one calls home to moments of reveling in the joy and pain of an aging body – Lord is  to exploring in raw honesty the smallest of moments and describes with startling clarity the mysteries that move and break us.

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"Of Roots and Wreckage" by Laura A. Lord with quote by Kitt O'Malley, "Lord is a true wordsmith."

Her newest collection, Of Roots and Wreckage, focuses heavily on where she grew up. Split into three sections, this collection explores the ideas of “roots” and hometowns, of people and change, of aging and death.

Here is a selection from Of Roots and Wreckage:

Sometimes Death Looks like Christmas Breakfast

He is preoccupied with my age.
Three times this week
he has tried on,
as if fitting a new shirt
and tie,
the emperor’s voice:
in charge,
in control.
“You can’t get older.”
Yes, your majesty.
So the soft skin crinkles
at the corner of his eyes –
tracks of worry.
The railroad trance,
where imagination runs rampant
and he sees me
spread like a ragdoll,
draped – a cloth of human existence.
Like the scene from Gozilla
where the soldiers were scattered,
play things,
and he shoved in handfuls of popcorn
while asking
“Is that what dead looks like?”
Sometimes it looks like Christmas breakfast –
where I am frying bacon
as eggs congeal on plates,
and I am aware she is not in her seat.
More aware of her absence, then,
than in the hours, days, before.
Yes, sometimes death looks like Christmas breakfast.

© Laura A. Lord 2015

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Laura A. Lord is the author of numerous collections of vignettes and poetry and one awesome children’s book about a T-Rex screwing up her entire day. It’s absolutely a true story. Laura’s work has been featured in The Beacon, The Collegian, Whirl with Word, Tipsy Lit, Precipice, Scary Mommy, The Powder Room, The Reverie Journal, and Massacre Magazine.

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