Biography:

My main job was teaching special needs children in the Los Angeles area. Long since
retired, I’ve been around the world on a freighter, had a real estate license (sold half
of a house, once) and now-a-days, I line dance regularly.
(Summer 2005)

About 4 years ago I began to write seriously.  To me that means entering contests,
reciting at open mikes and doing book fairs.  Using my computer, I've produced 4
chapbooks; even sold a few. I have a couple of hundred poems under my belt (which
may explain why my waist is thicker).  
(Winter 2009)

Here’s a new-to-me form I learned from the Poetry Society of Tennessee (PST). It’s
called a pirouette: It has 10 lines, 5 and 6 identical (except for punctuation); 6 syllables
per line. It need not rhyme. I’ve revised the rules a bit so most of mine rhyme and I
take occasional liberty with the sayings or phrases in the middle. The little stories pivot
around different meanings of the phrases.
(Winter 2012)

Website address:  none available

Winner!
2012 Arizona State Poetry
Society Contest

"Looking Back on One
War"
Jean Marie Purcell
Groundwaters Publishing, LLC
"Bubbling up in our own good time-- online."
Index of Groundwaters contributions:
Volume 1 Issue 4 - “Why I Envy Cats” and “Observation” (poetry); “Newly Hatch Sparrow” (haiku)
Volume 2 Issue 1 - “Gertrude Stein; A Review” (review); “To Write A Poem – Endlessly,” “The Seahorse: Unlike
You or Me,” “Like Faces Peeking Over a Sill” and “International Dateline” (poetry)
Volume 2 Issue 2 - “No Man Is the Same,” “Fish Don’t Know They’re Wet” and “The Octopus is Capable of Bipedal
Locomotion” (poetry)
Volume 2 Issue 3 - “Oregon’s Oddly Named Remote Little Towns” (poetry)
Volume 2 Issue 4 - “The Power of a Portuguese King” and “Modus Operandi” (poetry)
Volume 5 Issue 2 - “Trees”; “Avoiding Worms”; A Mind Like a Steel Trap (poetry)
Volume 5 Issue 4 - "Zebrafish: Genetics Researchers' Latest Love" (poetry)
Volume 6 Issue 1 - "A Richer, Deeper Book by a Famous Mystery Writer, Agatha Christie" (book review);
"Newton's World, Smashed Like an Atom" (poetry)
Volume 6 Issue 2 - "Why I Envy Cats" (poetry)
Volume 6 Issue 4 - "The Camel" "Eating is My Solitary Sin" and "Albanian Border, 1978" (poetry)
Volume 7 Issue 1 - "The Enigma of the Elephant's Eye" and "Invictus" (poetry)
Volume 7 Issue 2 - "Since First Grade I've Been Concerned With Worms" (poetry)
Volume 7 Issue 3 - Our Readers Write (Letter to the Editor); "Deep in the Ocean" (poetry)
Volume 7 Issue 4 - "Alice Blue Gown" (non-fiction)
Volume 8 Issue 1 - "More an Affair of the Flask Than of the Heart" (fiction); At the Supermarket the Other Day"
(poetry)
Volume 8 Issue 2 - "Defeating Heating," "The Proof Was in the Pudding" and "My Mother Had Her Haughty Side"
(poetry)
Volume 8 Issue 3 - "Get Married or Go Vote" (poetry)
Volume 8 Issue 4 - "A Fear I Fear" and "One More Thing That Sets an Elephant Apart"
(poetry)
Volume 9 Issue 2 - "Aunt Evelyn" (pantoum poetry)
Volume 9 Issue 4 - "Lids and Pots" (poetry)

Groundwaters 2016: An Anthology: "Take Along Your Bowler Hat, Mike" (poetry/whimsy) - page 73; "Virginia
Woolfe Would Understand" (poetry/whimsy) - page 82; "Be Peculiar" (poetry/whimsy) - page 104
Groundwaters 2017: An Anthology: "Cruel April, Depraved May" (poetry/reflection) - page 16; "Hats"
(poetry/whimsy) - page 47;
"A Loner's Plea" (poetry/life's lessons) - page 60