Let her go through the ritual of becoming
before you put her to the blade:
the washing of her face in mysteries,
the plucking of adjectives from her arched brows,
the soaking in a lavender bath of images
until her layers of skin wrinkles with words . . .

This is Loretta Diane Walker addressing us, “Do Not Disturb a Poem.” Doesn’t this make you curious about who she is, or what she is trying to say here?

You’ll have a chance to find out for yourselves next week, because Loretta Diane Walker is our featured reader at this month’s Third Thursday reading at Willow Glen on July 21, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. For those of you who have not yet attending one of our readings, please take the opportunity to attend this reading at the Willow Glen Public Library, on Minnesota Avenue, in San José, CA.

Loretta     WordGhetto

Loretta Diane Walker, a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize for poetry, has published two collections of her work. Her poetry can also be found in the new anthology of 60 Texas women poets entitled Her Texas and within her manuscript In This House, soon to be published by Bluelight Press, 1st World Publishing. Her manuscript Word Ghetto won the 2011 Bluelight Press Book Award. Her work has been honored many times and has appeared in numerous publications. A very dear fried asked Loretta, “When are you going to write a novel and make some real money? You have some great ideas.” Her answer for now is this: “There is great joy in what I do.” One day she hopes to write a novel, but today she is a poet and music teacher at Reagan Elementary in Odessa, Texas. She graduated from Ector High School. received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Tech University and earned a Master’s of elementary Education from the University of Texas at the Permian Basin. You can read some of her poems on her website: