Grace Cavalieri



forgiving my home... sailboats filled with snow... cabbages like blue blankets across the field... a

misshapen armchair... the sign by the road saying you've been there ... a pearl button... piano music

upstairs... something needed... Sunday in the front room... access to your heart... the orange tree... the

black coat... reading slowly... a book underlined in the wrong places... white tablecloth like an altar...

a hawk in the tree by the lake... a flock of birds fanned out against Gray Poplars... the circus...

chrysanthemums... what is real and what is imagined... the size of grief, its ruin.



Grace Cavalieri has produced “"The Poet and the Poem" on public radio, now entering its 29th year. Among her honors, Grace holds the Bordighera Poetry Award (2005), which is publishing Water on the Sun in English and Italian. Her latest book, What I Would Do For Love, won a 2005 Paterson Prize and is the basis for Grace's new play, “"Hyena in Petticoats," the story of Mary Wollstonecraft. It received a staged reading in New York City in March 2006.


Published in Volume 7, Number 2, Spring 2006.

To read more by this author:
Grace Cavalieri
Grace Cavalieri's Intro to Vol. 5, No. 2 (Spring 2004)
Cavalieri on Roland Flint: Memorial Issue
Grace Cavalieri: Whitman Issue
Cavalieri on Louise Gluck: Profiles Issue
Grace Cavalieri: Evolving City Issue
Grace Cavalieri: Split This Rock Issue
Cavalieri on Ann Darr: Forebears Issue
Cavalieri on Joseph Brodsky: US Poets Laureate Issue
Grace Cavalieri: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Grace Cavalieri on "The Poet & The Poem": Literary Organizations Issue
Grace Cavalieri: Poets in Federal Government Issue
Grace Cavalieri on Ahmos Zu-Bolton II: Poetic Ancestors Issue