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Miriam Anne Goodman

Arlington, Cambridge, Somerville, Massachusetts

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Age 69, of Arlington, formerly of Somerville/Cambridge, Provincetown, MA, and Queens, New York, on Sunday, May 11, 2008. Miriam was an accomplished poet and photographer, a fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center as well as several art colonies, including the McDowell Colony in...

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I still miss you.

So glad to have known you and felt your wisdom.

Miriam was amazing. I am grateful that this book is online to help me stay connected to her and her work and legacy

I miss you.

I have, with sadness, just learned of Miriam’s death. We were, in the 60’s and early 70’s. quite close. I have in front of me an aged and somewhat frayed stack of letters and poems from Miriam.

A letter dated May 22, 1972 says, “Dear Sylvia, I wanted to leave copies of the most recent of this year’s work with you – before I leave for the coast. Since you are kind enough (blah, blah) to read carefully and since I feel related to you as alter ego, barometer, something (both red...

It's already August and I've returned to this site, just to see and remember.
How strange that I met Miriam only near the end of her life--and how joyous that I met Miriam.
Knowing her at all, no matter what, no matter for how long
was always wonderous.
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I met Miriam in a beginning photography class at New England School of Photography (NESOP). More classes followed. Out of friendships made in those classes, we formed a lively, productive photography group, Pix Chix, which included Miriam and other photo folks from NESOP. I am grateful to have been a part of Pix Chix, and to have been included in many of the activities of the group after it evolved into F8. During this time, Miriam and others opened the door to weaving together two...

Miriam was a skilled and fearless editor for her students. When I sent her my rewrites she persistently re-edited with enormous support until she finally said, “You’ve got it!”

I suggested she conduct an on line workshop a few summers ago: we wrote, she edited, we wrote again and so on until we all met at the end of the summer sharing our work, laughter, tears and lunch.

Any literary success I may have in future is shared with Miriam. Her friendship, interest and...

May 22, 2008
Miriam took herself seriously as an artist and threw that cape over us, her students: We are to take ourselves seriously as artists, and have great fun doing it. She edited my poems with an unsentimental and loving eye and ear. I counted her a major friend, and I keep her joyous, reverent, irreverent spirit with me always.
I send love to you, her family and friends, for the good fortune of having shared her life, and for your loss.