POEMS OF FACT AND FANTASY

by Virginia Artrip Snyder


(N.Y. Knott Publishing, 1999; 72 Pages, Perfect Bound)    ISBN 0-9674955-0-1

   Virginia Artrip Snyder is more active at 86 than many people half her age. Not only is the retired reporter / private eye eyeing a run for mayor of her adopted hometown of Delray Beach, Florida, she has reactivated her lifelong gift of poetry and is an advocate of poetry writing for seniors.
   She hails from the state of Virginia, where a hard childhood brought out the muse in her in a style highly reminiscent of the beloved poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox, who died in 1919 (one year before Virginia was born). Her book mixes youthful creation with the wisdom of age, and the dividing line them is invisible.

    REVELATION

I touched your hand.
    How could I know
My heart would want
    Your nearness so,
Or feel, when you
    Were close to me,
That I had known
    Infinity?

    A POET’S EXCUSE

I may sound slightly loose
    And even show it,
But I have one excuse--
    I am a poet.


   Although she has won too many awards to name them, she is best known as the real-life sleuth whose life inspired the popular TV series “Murder She Wrote.”


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200 S. Swinton Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444    Phone (561) 278-5882