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Cally2001

Orania  Hamilton was born and raised in Brooklyn New York.

She resided in California for many years where she was a coordinator/ teacher of conversational English for Japanese exchange students.

She  now lives in Idaho. .

Her ethnic background is Greek. 

She is 87 years old.

She has a son and two daughters, all with degrees and families of their own, she has five grandchildren and five Great grandchildren

 

Cally2001’s Poetry on PoetsofLates

   

    She has been nominated for the 2005, 2006, 2007 Pushcart award (The Pushcart Prize – Best of the Small Press Series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America)  

She won the 2004, Fusion Poetry Award. Won first prize for her 911 poem in, Poetry Now Mag (UK). First place winner in, San Jose Art and Poetry festival 2004, Poetic Universe in 2001, Poetically Speaking, 2003, Finalist in Fusion Contest 2003, Mandy contest 2003, Published in, Poetic Voices, This Hard Wind, Old World Poetry, Theamstream, Underground Poetry, Poet Works, Poetic Universe, Long Story Short Story, Chaparral Poets, Inscribed Souls (UK)Skyline Mag, and Interpoetry, Artists For A better World… she also has two press releases. Included in six Anthologies and together with other poets  featured in many tours in the United States. Tapped a TV poetry session for, Emerging Poets in North Dakota in 2009 Guest poet at the, Channing Murray Foundation at the, University of ILL. And the, Canadian Federation of Poets and Poetry of Canada.  Included in seven Anthologies, one of which is in the 2006 anthology, for Artist for A. Better World, “Spirit of Humanity “

 In 2012 she won an on line contest for, Christina Deubel’s Spring Theme Poetry Competition to which she was awarded the original painting as a prize….She was chosen as Poet Of the Month of April 2014 In Love Poems and Love Quotes On line


A guest Poet at the Morden Towers in New Castle England where Ginsberg and Corsco have been guests among many others.

Morden Towers

 

She has also had readings  in Greece and Spain

  

Member of  Academy of American Poets, Poet Projects/Phenomenal Woman of the Web, California Writers/ Vice president of the San Bernardino  chapter of the, California Federation of Chaparral Poets 2002 -2003 and 2004. Fantasy international in Champaign, ILL. 2003, Appointed Poetry director of the, Apple Valley Library, CA. She has a published book and another in the making that will be ready at the end of the year.2014

 

She loves poetry, art , music and cooking.

 

Her favorite food is

Mediterranean menu.

 

Her favorite poet is

Dr. Maya Angelou, which she had the pleasure to meet several years ago in CA and has all her signed books. She considers Dr Angelou an honest sincere  and by far the most royal poet she had the pleasure to know.

 

Her favorite poem is,

“Still I Rise “by Dr. Maya Angelou.

Still I Rise

 

You may write me down in history 
With your bitter, twisted lies, 
You may tread me in the very dirt 
But still, like dust, I’ll rise. 

Does my sassiness upset you? 
Why are you beset with gloom? 
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells 
Pumping in my living room. 

Just like moons and like suns, 
With the certainty of tides, 
Just like hopes springing high, 
Still I’ll rise. 

Did you want to see me broken? 
Bowed head and lowered eyes? 
Shoulders falling down like teardrops. 
Weakened by my soulful cries. 

Does my haughtiness offend you? 
Don’t you take it awful hard 
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines 
Diggin’ in my own back yard. 

You may shoot me with your words, 
You may cut me with your eyes, 
You may kill me with your hatefulness, 
But still, like air, I’ll rise. 

Does my sexiness upset you? 
Does it come as a surprise 
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds 
At the meeting of my thighs? 

Out of the huts of history’s shame 
I rise 
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain 
I rise 
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide, 
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. 
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear 
I rise 
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear 
I rise 
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, 
I am the dream and the hope of the slave. 
I rise 
I rise 
I rise.

Maya Angelou 

 

Her favorite movie is, Wuthering Heights

 

Her favorite quote is, 

one she wrote herself,

 “Dip in your heart the pen with which you write”

        Founder of, Platinum Poetry in 2000, a poetry reading room and the originator of, Cally’s Spring Muse in Apple Valley, Ca in 2002, which she intends on having again in Idaho in 2015

Favorite web sites are, Poetry Foundation, Poets International Web and American Life in Poetry.

 

I enjoy visiting (Arts and entertainment) Late Night Poets and admire the blog that Jean  has worked so hard to create and maintain. She in her self is a gift to all the poets.

Cry of The Soul 

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 I have been writing poetry for 15 years and cherish every moment of it. I’m a lover of all the arts but poetry plays on my heart strings.. Poetry has had a profound impact on my life. It has allowed me to creatively express my emotions, lifted my spirits, soothed my soul, touched my senses and broadened my vocabulary. I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I move or delight a reader. Society tells us that poetry is dead. I want to be instrumental in building it again, and watch the unkillable immortal rise from the ashes.