FALL 2011

Grace Cavalieri


I don’t know why love works. Yet it’s
undeniable- every line of it hand tooled

like a finely wrought page.
This is very exciting- the beat that my

heart skipped .Because Love is discipline
like an athlete’s, with the grace of a dance.

It’s stillness and silence- the
end of our differences.

Surely our bodies were always being
prepared for it. I was on the

verge of sorrow when I thought of this,
this tissue- this sustaining

legend. Here’s the door
that will not close. The outcome is uncertain

Why do you torture me for explanations?
I only know love is the bed of gold

we lie on. How I wish I had
been awake before this


Grace Cavalieri is the author of 16 books and chapbooks of poems, and 23 produced full length and short form plays. Her latest books of poems are Navy Wife and Sounds Like Something I Would Say (both 2010, Goss 183: Casa Menendez.) Grace founded and still produces “The Poet and the Poem” on public radio now celebrating 34 years on-air, It is recorded at the Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/poetry/poetpoem.html Her poetry commentaries, "Innuendoes," can be heard on www.MiPOradio.com. She holds the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, the Bordighera Poetry Prize, The Paterson Award for Excellence in Poetry, the CPB Silver Medal, Pen Center’s Best Books List, plus other awards.



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