Dorothy Trogdon has been writing for most of her 85 years, but rarely shown her work to anyone except her closest friends. For the most part she kept them, as she says, "hidden away in a locked drawer." Several years ago, this began to change. Deciding it was time, she sent several poems to Floating Bridge Review where her work caught the eye of the editor and new state poet laureate, Kathleen Flenniken.
Trogdon's poetry, as the title suggests, is visionary and visual. She has distilled her decades of looking--at art, at the sea, at her gender, and at herself-- into a kind of light that can only be described as painterly. The poems are in turns lush and minimalist. They practice for the next world, rehearsing the leaving that visits us all, yet they cling to the childhood in Maine, to the waves of her youth and to the flora of the island she now calls home.
After a lifetime of looking, writing and waiting, Dorothy Trogdon is ready to speak. Those who hear her will be grateful to see what she has to say.
About the Author
Dorothy Trogdon was born in Maine and grew up in a house filled with books. She earned a degree in Art History from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She and her husband Bill lived for 25 years in Spokane, Washington, raising three sons. Since 1985, they have lived on Orcas Island. She has published two chapbooks and her work has appeared in Floating Bridge Review.