Pleasanton Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - April 23, 2010

Poetic Pleasanton

Poems for Mom in the month of May

Spring is here, and it will soon be Mother's Day. Poets have written verse about their mothers and mothers in general since the earliest times. To honor the wonderful breadth of poems about our mothers and families, I'm guest hosting an "Afternoon of Poetry about Mothers" at Ravenswood in Livermore on May 2, in collaboration with Livermore Poet Laureate Cher Wollard.

This beautiful venue in a historic mansion near the eastern border of Pleasanton at 2647 Arroyo Road, Livermore, will be a special setting for reading by poet Joan Gelfand of San Francisco and Rebecca Foust of Marin County. Joan will read from her books "Seeking Center" and "A Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams." Rebecca will read from "Mom's Canoe and Dark Card." I'll also read several poems and some written by my mother, Goldie W. Chavenson, from my book, "Goldie and Me."

Haiku Verses about Mothers

by Deborah Grossman

Children swing and race.

Mother sees spring colors

in shades unknown to most.


How does Mother know

we want to play all day

in mud puddles and shiny yellow boots?


Mother's hands not here

to pull weeds or answer the phone.

I see her smile among white roses.

Coming soon: 'An Afternoon of Poetry about Mom'

"An Afternoon of Poetry about Mom" will take place from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, May 2, at Ravenswood Historic Site, 2647 Arroyo Road in Livermore. The cost is $5; students are free.

For more information contact Michelle Russo at or 931-5350; or Deborah Grossman at or Information is also available at

Deborah Grossman is Pleasanton's Poet Laureate; contact her at


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