Poetry Reading: DREAM by Mary Freericks

Performed by Omaka Umeh

7 questions:

What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of my poem is regaining youth.

What motivated you to write this poem?

Sleeping in my granddaughter’s bed.

How long have you been writing poetry?

Perhaps thirty years. I attended Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts with a major in poetry.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

I want to say God. But God is not a person.

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Your invitation.

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have a published book, Creative Puppetry in the Classroom published by New Plays and some published educational articles and as well as memory articles about my childhood in Iran I also wrote a piece on Alice Hulyer Ramsey, the first woman to drive across the United States for an Encyclopedia on women’s accomplishments. but mostly I write poetry.

What is your passion in life?

I am an artist as well as poet and I love to paint. I also enjoy walking along the ocean and my family and friends.