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Wishes for Christmas
by Marilyn Mae Randall
Ubaviel's Gifts, 2002
booklet, $10.00 (28 pages)
ISBN:  0-9713589

“Pinhead poetry” is what Marilyn Mae Randall calls the style in which she writes.  She puts together booklets of rhyme from the voices that speak to her as she goes about her everyday life, and shares them with readers.  There doesn’t seem to be a lot of angst or personal drama in that statement, and there isn’t.  She is happy being Marilyn, and it shows.  I first met her at the Life Press Writer’s Conference in Memphis, where she spoke about putting her words into small poems and making booklets and marketing them.   

She puts a lot of effort into her products.  She brought out pillows and dolls and T-shirts and other artsy-craftsy items that she developed herself, from the themes of her works to sell, as well as the books.  I recall her telling us in her address to the writers present: “I went to so many book signings where there was just a stack of books sitting there.  It was so boring.”  

Good grief, she’s right! I thought to myself, sitting in the audience, appreciating her simple, yet honest candor.  She brought color and art to her presentation of her work, and tie-ins. “I dress colorfully,” she told us, exhorting the writers.  “You want to stand out and be seen, don’t you?  Well…” Then, she pirouetted around in her bright scarf and jeweled pins which bedecked her feminine and lovely dress. 

She next began to read some of her short, concise poetry, packed with condensed wit and impacting words.  I was struck by the cuteness and immediacy of her approach to writing.  

I asked her to send me some of her work, and she obliged, mailing Wishes for Christmas (Ubaviel's Gifts, 2002) and Southern Christmas (Ubaviel's Gifts, 2001), to me.   Wishes for Christmas is about a boy who takes the blame for his brother’s bungling and expects nothing for the season, as a result.  Southern Christmas is a modified Nativity story with a uniquely Southern ending. 

Both of these can be ordered from the author at the e-mail address:

From the first book, I like this young man’s aspirations, (as described by Marilyn), so typical of a teenage boy:

I want to be big as a boxer!
I want to reach farther than far.
With muscles so lumpy
My clothes would be bumpy
And legs like a basketball star.

It is hard to find someone who is so comfortable in his or her own person these days.  Marilyn is.  I’m glad I met her.


Robert L. Hall
Southern Scribe Reviews


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