Martha Ann Blackman



Martha Ann Blackman has co-edited a number of poetry collections, including Hard Pressed and Watching From The Sky, the latter co-edited and co-published with Ann Menebroker to benefit Grandmothers for Peace.

Her poetry has been featured in Rattlesnake Review, Poetry Now, Tule Review, Because People Matter, 24th Street Irregular Press/Poems-For-All, and on the blog, Medusa’s Kitchen.

She participated in the “Poets in the Schools” program through the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and has performed poetry and song in Earth Day and Friends of the River events. She has appeared on KVMR Radio in Nevada City and KVIE-6 and KXTV-10 in Sacramento. She also sang with the band, Space Debris.

Martha Ann has been a featured poet at The Book Collector, The Sacramento Poetry Center, Luna’s Café, Whole Earth Festivals, Giavonni’s, and The Nevada County Poetry Series.

She is currently collaborating with artist, Laura Jane Coats, on The Memory Within, a poem/book that will be published in a hand-set, letter-press format.


Martha Ann Blackman Poems


Rising up from the Earth,
home of the eagle,
light fixes shadows
on rocks and soil and water,
where color is a thing untamed,
and texture comes
rolling, screaming,
through the wild parts
of your mind.

Back in the Country

When I drove down
to South Whiteville,
when I drove by
what used to be home,
there were highways
and stores;
the land was as cold
as a winter stone.

I wanted
to take a picture,
I wanted to run,
I wanted to hide.
But I turned away
from the place of my play,
I went silently...
by and by.

You can’t go back to
where you started,
it’s not the same place
that you knew.
You just live this day
and try all the way…
to be helping the world
on the ride that you guide
heading home.











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