Pieces From the Long Afternoon


Read this book aloud slowly and allow yourself the delicious pleasure of being transported back and forth in the dazzling blink of an eye–back to the 1940s in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, where the child Monica sits under her mother’s grand piano, looks out with wide brown eyes, and sees those truths we all knew in childhood, but may have forgotten–and forth to the present moment where the poet Monica Ochtrup remembers what she once knew and lets us in on it.” –Phebe Hanson

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Monica Ochtrup’s first collection of poems, What I cannot Say/I Will Say, appeared in 1984. Former Poetry Editor for the WARM Journal, she currently teaches a class in creative writing for seniors at the Jewish Community Center of the Greater St. Paul Area. For the past two years she has served on the Advisory Panel of the Minnesota State Arts Board for fellowship in poetry. She and her husband, Bob Ochtrup, scout country roads in a 1974 MGB and continue to find new access to walking trails along the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers.


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