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PROFILE ―Poetry is a huge part of my life – when I am writing, nothing else exists – it takes me out of this world – writing and music are my world.‖ ~ Dd. Spungin It is 5:15 pm on the east coast; the time I said I would telephone Spiracle‘s first featured poet. Although I have done plenty of interviews with people for other publications, I have never conducted one as part of writing a profile for a publication that is, well, more or less mine. This time, however, I am excited to speak with her, this poet; we share a passion for the glory and energy and urgent beauty that is the written word as poetry. No one has assigned a subject to me. I do not have to do a cram course in physics, or airplane wing construction, or the Peace Corps in Nepal. I get to talk to a woman whose work I deeply admire, and already I know we want to talk about the same things. I dial her number, and there she is, right in the room with me, nothing awkward, and I think here we are, two women about to start gabbing. But first, I really want to know about her name; with a name like mine, I have a different sort of need to know. I ask her – are you ―Dee,‖ ―Dee-Dee‖ or ―Doreen?‖ Why did I think there would be an easy answer? ―Well,‖ she says, ―I write as Dd Spungin.‖ Okay, got that. ―Some of my friends call me D in our e-mail and online chats.‖ Alright. ―And when I am talking with someone on the phone, I am Doreen.‖ I was in a muddle, trying to sort out what to call this poet and realize I had no idea when I telephoned her. Doreen it is; lovely. Dd. Spungin grew up in a musical and artistic family. Her father was a doctor in the Army in WW11, a man who wrote beautifully, she tells me – poetry, letters to her mother, and stories for her and her brother, illustrating them with pictures cut out of magazines. I think to myself that a father away at war who writes stories for his children is a hero in my eyes. Of course his children will love the arts of language. For those early times, that‘s all they knew of him; just a dad who wrote them stories. 75

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