TCC’s Women’s Center wound down Women’s History Month with tea and poetry at the Portsmouth Campus. Students shared their own works, and English Professor Mary Braford Martin read two selections from her recently published debut book, “TAPESTRY: Poems Woven from the Threads of Life.”
Braford Martin’s initial selection, titled “Birth of a Poem,” reads:
Poets are born
Just like children
Messy at first.
Once they’re cleaned up they’re some of the greatest gifts of God.
Braford Martin also read the bittersweet “When Love is Not Enough.”
Student Katie Mitchell shared a graphic piece about abuse, and student Eva Miller was a crowd pleaser, offering two poems: “The Truth,” a rap-turned-poem and the poignant “I was in Love Once.” Miller’s soft spoken style, complemented by a beautiful speaking and singing voice, added to her memorable presentation.
Women’s Center staff also shared videos, including a powerful selection from Mayda del Valle and music from Nina Simone.