A mockingbird symphony floats on a cool morning breeze through open windows looking out on Wentworth Street from a two story row house. At the corner bus stop, a newspaper peddler shouts: “Git yo’ Cha’ston Nooze an’ Correo!” Clattering hooves and rattling wheels on brick announce the coming of the weekly vegetable peddler. Afternoons are spent fishing from the Battery where Civil War cannons look across the bay to Fort Sumter. Later, sweet tea and benne cookies refresh as fresh caught crabs boil to make crab cakes. Geechee talk on a shady porch ends the day.
Author: Norm Rourke
In addition to writing and performing poetry, I have been a staff writer for Persimmon Hill and The Ketchpen, publications of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. I have also been contributing writer and columnist for the Oklahoma News Weekly and have written pieces for the Sapulpa (OK) Daily Herald. I was also a columnist for the Henryetta (OK) Free Lance. I’m currently a contributor to the Oklahoma Observer (Oklahoma City) and I write for the Okmulgee (OK) News Network online publication. I’m also been a book reviewer for Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and for other publications.
I am a freelance writer and offer professional editing and communications consulting services for creative writers and business communicators. I organized a writers group—Okmulgee County Writers Roundup—and am past president of the Friends of Okmulgee Public Library.
Named to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels by the governor of that state, I have lived in and written about places in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma.