We Start With What We’re Given – poems by Miriam O’Neal

Listen to the title poem of “We Start With What We’re Given” Poems by Miriam O’Neal


Miriam O’Neal has published poems and reviews in AGNIBlackbird JournalThe GuidebookLily Poetry ReviewNottingham ReviewRagazine, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 Pushcart Nominee and her awards include being named a Finalist in the 2016 Brian Turner Poetry Prize2000 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants in Poetry, and 2018 Princemere Poetry Prize. She was also named a 2019 Notable Poet by Disquiet’s International Poetry Competition. Her translation of Italian poet, Alda Merini’s work earned her a Fellowship in Beginning Translation from the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) and a selection of her translations from Merini’s, Rose Volanti, were published in 2019 in On The Sea Wall. Her new book of poems, The Body Dialogues is just out from Lily Poetry Review Press now, January, 2020.

            O’Neal earned her MFA in Writing and Literature at the Bennington Writing Seminars in Vermont. She lives in Plymouth, MA.

            If you are interested in having Miriam O’Neal read for your community, please contact her at Miriam.e.oneal@gmail.com.

2 thoughts on “We Start With What We’re Given – poems by Miriam O’Neal

  1. I just listened to “We Start With What We’re Given.” This is one of those poems that will stay with me. What was particuarly striking was that I, too, went on a school trip to see Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” the year it came out.

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