Andrena Zawinski, an award winning veteran educator and poet, was born and raised in Pittsburgh but now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her latest full collection of poetry is Born Under the Influence from Word Tech. Others are Landings (Kelsay Books), Something About (Blue Light Press—a PEN Oakland Award) and Traveling in Reflected Light (Pig Iron Press—a Kenneth Patchen Poetry Prize). She is also Editor of Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry from Scarlet Tanager Books.

When Life Could Be a Dream

When American Bandstand dancersin Philly skipped across our TV screenson the pony, hip swiveled to the twist,jumped up and back in the locomotion,our Platter Pushin’ Papa in Pittsburgh’sroller arenas and high school gyms spun usonto slick dance floors for slow grindsto doo-wop love crush melodies highon falsetto and low blow of saxophone.Sent us us out on …

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