Grace Cavalieri


I walk two blocks to the past,
with ist corridors, immense pillars,
straight narrow doors. I ask the man
what people lived here, all he could tell
was the name of the street.
Certain allegories confuse me --
the street is gone, yet remains,
a chaos of seeing.
Who can remember with me?
Who knew the captivity of memory
toward a tree and a person as they
become one. Far porches are shades
and edges, all grief is central to this silence,
remembering what survives,
searching for someone in the spruces.

Grace Cavalieri is author of eleven books of poetry and numerous produced plays. She's written texts and lyrics performed for opera, stage and film. Grace teaches poetry workshops throughout the country and is on poetry faculty at St. Mary's College of Southern Maryland. She produced and hosted "The Poet and the Poem," weekly on public radio (1977-1997) presenting 2000 poets to the nation.


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