A visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific inspired this poem that won the Franklin Christoph Prize for Poetry. Carolyn naturally included it in the Celebration Series’ book honoring our precious Earth, Sublime Planet. All profits from the book go to World Wildlife Fund.
See the poem below.
Endangered Species ©
A dragon, hiding as dragons
do, to pounce upon prey, shock
them into submission with forked
tongue, spiked tail, blue-green
scales, brimstone breath. But not
a sea dragon, this—nearly misnamed
disguises herself in briney
fronds, sways with the current.
her delicate horn-shaped
snout trumpets silence.
Long like a dragon,
long as a water-lily stem,
slick. She flourishes
her leaf-like fins, the translucent
shade of her underwater forest
of amber seaweed pads, exactly,
matches her dance to that of the kelp
—ballet in slow motion
so the visitor to her underocean
home will not see her. She will take
them by surprise
Carolyn readily gives permission for others to print her poetry upon request.
PALA presentation with Editor Robin Quinn and the legendary Dan Poynter
UCLA Extension’s Writers Program instructor
Great Salt Lake Book Fair
Sinclair Lewis Writers’ Conference, Sauk Centre, WI
Guest lecturer for UCLA’s Award-Winning Instructor Eve Caram, UCLA Career Day
Wisconsin Regional Writers’ Conference
Sisters in Crime Writers Conference
Greater Los Angeles Writers Society
Big Story Writers Conference
Southern Utah Festival of Books, PALA
805 Writers’ Conference, Oxnard, CA
“Your talk was not only informative but also inspirational.”
~ Libby Grandy, California Writers Club and
author of Desert Soliloquy and other fiction.
CONFERENCES – WORKSHOPS – TV – RADIO –APPEARANCES
Carolyn’s mother helped her memorize poems and dramatic sketches for beauty contests back in decades when the TV program Miss America was a viable route to a variety of careers for young women. She didn’t think much about those skills learned at her mother’s knee until she realized a skill for the dramatic might help with her book marketing and speaking. More recently she has been a finalist for Norwegian Cruise Lines Star Search and has appeared in TV commercials for the likes of Time-Life CDs, Marlboro, Blue Shield, Apple, Lenscrafters, and Disney Cruise Lines (Japan).