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Former Poet Laureate shares her ‘gifts’

“Do you know me? I am the blonde in the white convertible. Have you seen me cruising up the coast on a mango day?” So goes the beginning of the poem on page 32 of “Scrambled,” a book of poetry by Trish Dugger.Dugger calls this poem “a gift,” meaning it just came to her when she was sitting in her car at the stop sign of San Elijo and Santa Fe and looked across the intersection and saw a blonde in a white convertible and thought “I wish I were the blonde in the white convertible” and then thought, “I can be that blonde.”Sitting on her beautiful back deck with a cool breeze blowing talking with Dugger was a delightful way to start the morning. Born in Chicago, she was nominated class poet when she graduated from high school. She always liked to write and was interested in word sounds.

Poet Trish Dugger, Encinitas’ 2005 Poet Laureate will be signing copies of her new book “Scrambled” Sept. 15 at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library. Photo courtesy of Jim Babwe

She recalled that when her friends gave her a bridal shower they were asked to write a rhyme and a favorite one was written by a teacher she had and it said, “I would write a rhyme, if I could write a rhyme, for Pat, but I can’t, so I shant, write a rhyme for Pat, too bad, how sad.”

In 1997, her husband Grant took her to a poetry reading held by the McGee Park Poets, a group from the Carlsbad Library and her poem was published in their anthology booklet. She believes that her husband wanted her to add something to her life and her poem “Looking Back” reflects that feeling.

After her husband passed away she went to a poetry reading at the 101 Artist Colony where she became a charter member of the Full Moon Poets that Danny Salzhandler had formed. In 2005, she was chosen as Poet Laureate for Encinitas.

Another poem that was a gift is “Frog Festival,” which came into her mind when her grandchildren were playing in the creek catching tadpoles. This poem was selected by a professional choir, put to music and performed at a concert in St. Andrews Church.

I have known Dugger for 20-plus years and interestingly enough got acquainted with her because her husband was an Avon customer of mine. She is a delightful person and her cheery smile is so refreshing.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 15, Dugger will be at the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library community room signing her book “Scrambled.” Don’t miss this event because Trish Dugger and her new book of poetry are just two of the many reasons that Cardiff-by-the Sea is the place we are proud to call home.

Irene Kratzer is a founding member as well as past president of the Friends of the Library and currently serves as a director on the board. A Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident since 1982, she serves as treasurer on the Cardiff 10l Chamber board and has volunteered at Scripps Clinic/LaJolla for 23 years.