This collection of poetry is eccentric – unusual – unanticipated. Gary and Marsha represent radically different styles in life and poetry. Gary – Scottish reserved. Quiet in temperament; slow to anger; relentless in his quest for justice – for a fair education for all. Marsha, an explosion of New York Jewish energy. Marsha consumed rooms of families with her enthusiasm which offended some and enthralled others. Her attacks on injustice could be seen and heard from afar.
In their quiet moments, they both wrote poetry. Typically, Gary wrote short pithy pieces although personal, the tone was objective and distanced. Marsha, the total opposite. Intensely personal stories of encounters and values.
The two styles of these life-long friends are captured in these opening thoughts. Gary uses few words to express complex challenges of life. Marsha exposes her story, her contradictions, her values, her soul. Outrage leads to clarity and commitment to action, mostly in rhyming verse.