Marilyn June Coffey, a Nebraska native, lived for 30 years in New York City. While there, her controversial novel Marcella broke a world record for frankness and her wry poem “Pricksong” won a national prize.
Now an internationally published author, Coffey lives in Omaha with a feisty orange cat and an undisciplined garden. She writes history books. Atlantic featured her Great Plains Patchwork on its cover and again on-line. Amazon and Kindle named Coffey’s Mail-Order Kid best sellers. Amazon called her Thieves, Rascals & Sore Losers a best history book. Coffey’s latest—That Punk Jimmy Hoffa!—details her trucker father’s clash with the Teamsters.
In her libidinous book, Pricksongs, Coffey recreates her youthful freedom from sexual taboos. Her steamy poems are as crazy, diverse, risque, and turbulent as The Sixties when she wrote them.
he was slight of
build and/ liked/ to
have his ear bitten
Make Love, Not War advised the slogan, and she did.
when you strummed me
like a bass viol
in the bath tub?
Some funny, some passionate, some provocative, Coffey's poems will sweep you back to a decade when gaudily painted Flower Power buses roamed the streets when mini skirts, bell-bottoms, and love beads adorned bodies, when The Pill and sexual liberation were new.