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NewVerseNews Sunday: YOKO LEAVES THE DAKOTA
by Maria Lisella
… to raise cows on a 600-acre farm she & Beatles legend John Lennon purchased 45 years ago, outfitting it with a herd of 122 cows and 10 bulls … a dream to live on land as his father did with no plans of returning their attempt to create new lives, away from crowds, smog, love-ins and the ceaseless need to be THEM on West 72 St.—until 1980– shot in the Dakota archway, Lennon fell on the feast of the Immaculate Conception with no plans of returning Outdistancing his dad, 47-year old Sean pushes wheel-chair bound Yoko from stage to stage, celebrity galas; she perches alone on the Marcellus Shale plateau, protests “fracking” for the rest of us, no longer hibernates in the sprawling Dakota with no plans of returning Controversial, she lived, starved through World War II, like a modern-day Eve, gossipy fans blamed her for breaking up Camelot… she offered them her “wish tree” series. Now widowed 50 years, at 90, it is as if she has lived 400 years with no plans of returning
Maria Lisella is the sixth Queens Poet Laureate and an Academy of American Poets Fellow. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her collections include: Thieves in the Family (NYQ Books), Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada). Forthcoming is The Man with a Plan.