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Peggy Gerber

2021 Open Contract Challenge Winner


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You blinked, and now you are older than you ever thought possible. Delve into the pages of The Big Indignity and explore the complex issues of aging in a society that celebrates youth and beauty. A society that sometimes treats the elderly as if they are disposable. Laugh along with “Ode to a Mammogram” and “The Big Indignity” as they poke fun at the some of the unpleasant medical tests folks must endure as they age. Contemplate “Dyeing to Look Young” and puzzle over why women torture themselves just to appear a little bit younger. “Grandma Love” will remind you how wonderful it can be to be a grandparent while “The Oncology Center” takes a look at what happens when a loved one is ill. The Big Indignity does not hold back. The thirty-one provocative poems in this collection discuss everything from setting new goals, to the joys of grand parenthood to contemplating end of life decisions. Dignity and joy are the running themes throughout this book, and in the words of C.S. Lewis, “You are never too old to start a new goal or dream a new dream.” Keep on dreaming.

I love these poems. As I read the book, I would stop to read parts out loud to my wife. Just an amazing work.

Walter G. Esselman, author of Liberty's Run

Stumbling in CrazyTown (2022)

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Stumbling in CrazyTown is a poetry chapbook that takes its readers on an emotional rollercoaster as they explore themes of mental illness through unpretentious poetry. Written during the COVID-19 pandemic, when depression and anxiety are as epidemic as the virus itself, readers will find a home in the words that reflect the author's own experiences with mental illness and recovery during these trying times. 

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About Peggy Gerber

A poet and writer of short stories, Peggy Gerber is thrilled to have been chosen as the winner of the 2021 Open Contract Challenge. When she is not writing poetry, Peggy likes to indulge her love of speculative fiction by writing stories about time machines, friendly aliens and creepy dolls. Her work has appeared in over eighty publications including the anthology Natural Instincts: Tales of Witches and Warlocks. Peggy lives with her husband David in Northern, New Jersey, and loves reading, traveling and especially playing with her four grandchildren.


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