The first 20 years of Sandi Stromberg’s adult life were spent in Europe where she was a freelance magazine feature writer and expatriate wife. She came to poetry originally as a translator, Dutch to English, and only began writing her own poems after moving to Houston. What at first was a difficult and lonely adjustment has turned into a gift! Last year after 23 years in this city, she had the honor and great fun of serving as guest editor of Mutabilis Press' Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston. She also had a meaningful career in magazine feature writing and editing at MD Anderson Cancer Center, during which she and her colleagues won multiple awards. For four consecutive years, she was named Best Public Relations Communicator of the Year in the Lone Star Awards. For 20 years, she also taught/facilitated writing classes at the Jung Center in Houston.
In the past ten years, she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been a juried poet in the Houston Poetry Fest anthologies eight times. Her work has also appeared in several Dos Gatos publications Texas Poetry Calendars, Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku and Haiga, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems; in Mutabilis Press anthologies, TimeSlice, The Weight of Addition, Improbable Worlds, and Untameable City; in other small journals and anthologies, including Illya's Honey, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Red River Review, Colere, Goodbye Mexico, Civilized Beasts, Crossing Lines and online in Sol Magazine and Ampersand, among others.
The sky once offered the blue hour,
the time I most miss, day waning.
Seasons no longer travel the tile floor.
Leaves no longer filter a morning’s mood.
No moon dominates the night sky.
All has disappeared behind two-by-fours
and HardiePlank. As though neighbors
nailed our windows shut. Moonlit silhouettes
on the new house next door sketch
a calligraphy of branches, a semblance
of what might be trees, reaching
into an invisible sky.
2017 Texas Poetry Calendar, Dos Gatos Press