Words In Rows


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Words In Rows

 

Words in Rows, Poetry and Prose (2016) is a collection of the author’s writings, spanning 50 years. She describes it as “an autobiography in short takes.”

 

GALAXY GIRLS

There are no lampposts in my neighborhood

I may need one to cling to

If gravity gets tired

And lets go of all of us

 

If earth loses its grip on me

And I am set free, flung upward and outward

I could hold onto my lamppost

If I had one

 

Scientists say some

of the moving objects in space

Are comets

And that may be true

 

Some may also be girls

from gazillions of galaxies

clinging to lampposts, and

trailing electrical cords behind them

like tails of comets,

their brassy prongs catching

a bit of light as stars and suns

whiz by

 

and the girls

eyes wide with terror and amazement

are swallowing great gulps of space

and hanging on for dear life

 

But, I have no lamppost

And as of this morning at breakfast

the paper still fell from the table to the floor

As our cat made a spot for herself

in the sunshine

 

            (Words in Rows, Poetry and Prose (2016), page 121)

 

“A tender and clever look at a writer’s life.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

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