Lyrical Somerville – September 13

On September 13, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

For many years, Marguerite Bouvard was a professor of political science at Regis College and a director of poetry workshops. She is the author or 12 non-fiction books in the area of women and human rights as well as 8 books of poetry, two of which have received awards. Both her poetry and essays have been widely anthologized. Marguerite has received fellowships at the Radcliffe Institute, the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women and from the Puffin Foundation. She has been a writer in residence at the University of Maryland and has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Foundation, the Djerassi Foundation, the Leighton Artists’ colony at the Banff Centre and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Marguerite Bouvard

Marguerite’s activities as a resident scholar include organizing the first Tillie K. Lubin Symposium, as well as sponsoring lecture series on women and human rights and on environmental racism. Marguerite was also a founding editor of the All Sides of Ourselves publication series. She continues to organize panels for Women’s History Month and has had two collaborative exhibits at the Dreitzer Gallery and one at the gallery in the Women’ Studies Research Center.





Opening a book about Dharamsala, a distant

country and another way of life, I see

a portrait of a Buddhist monk, a Geshe,

a doctor of philosophy, looking out at me,

his face radiating calm, peace

and the knowledge that we pass by, both

in schools and in seminaries.

From the doorway of his damp, cold

and bare hut where he meditates,

his face emanates a holiness that is inclusive,

a richness of spirit that rises above

our shadows, our petty quarrels, our hunger

for power and material wealth, untouched

by the passage of time, war and

enmity, surrounding us with warmth,

and the depths of his understanding.


— Marguerite Bouvard



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