Saturday Afternoons

Saturday Afternoons

Angela Allen,
Kathie Durbin,
Margie Lee,
and Barbara Surovell

About the Book

We are four Portland women of diverse backgrounds who were drawn together through our love of poetry and our respect for the magic of the written word. We became friends through newspapers, art, flowers, other friends, relatives, and just plain proximity.

We hope you enjoy the music of four different Portland voices.


The thought of pairing Saturday afternoons with a good book is a fine prospect. And this Saturday Afternoons is itself such a book, an anthology of four satisfyingly rich voices. In Angela Allen’s section, we find vividly crafted, engaging flights toward the exotic, poems that travel to France, to the Caribbean, to Puerto Rico. Kathie Durbin’s voice—although one of elegy and poignant tribute—is a tonic against grief. With a penchant for strong, arresting imagery, Margie Lee’s poems explore a country childhood, fallen trees, fishing from a train trestle, the sensuousness of an eggplant. Barbara Surovell is the history teacher who reads Szymborska, and whose poems echo the simple elegance and eloquence of that Polish poet’s work. This welcome collection bears witness to both the talents of these four poets and to the splendid benefits of the community they formed when they met each Saturday afternoon to support each other’s work.

Paulann Petersen

The poems in Saturday Afternoons read like secrets shared over cups of coffee, around a kitchen table. They are personal in detail, universal in experience.

B. T. Shaw


Kinfolk now available at, and other internet sites, and through Brekke Tours .

Two Totem Events and News:

Margie has two new poetry books out, Seeing Myself and Blood.

Blood is available at Boys Fort in downtown Portland, across from Target.

Margie’s book was available there when author Mary Pacios launched her her new memoir: Memoir of an Unintentional Feminist.