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Poems and Featured Poets by Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri has 18 books and chapbooks of poetry and 26 produced short-form and full-length plays. Her newest poetry publications in 2014 are "The Mandate of Heaven" (Bordighera Press;) and "The Man Who Got Away" (New Academia/Scarith). Grace founded and still produces “The Poet and the Poem” on public radio, celebrating 37 years on-air in 2014. It is recorded at the Library of Congress and transmitted via Pacifica Network. She holds two  Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards (1993 & 2013), A Paterson Poetry Prize, a Pen Fiction Award, the Bordighera Award for Poetry, The CPB Silver Metal and received the Associated Writers’ Program George Garrett Award for 2013.

This month's Featured Poet presentation begins with a poem by Grace Cavalieri:


The night they put him on a
Ventilator, I walked into the coffee table
Cutting my shin.
The day he died I walked into
The coffee table
Cutting my shin.
These will never heal.
The night after he died
I felt his hand on my neck as if
I could see through my
Closed eyes to his transparency.
When they took his tubes out
He threw his head back
Like a white horse.
Did he wonder why I didn't step in
To save him
One more time.
Last night
At midnight I felt his hand
Touching mine

Moving down the right fingers of my right hand
As if it were the last hand
On earth.
How quickly he moved away
I would have held on
How long can a person
Dying of thirst
Hold water in her mouth
Without swallowing.

by Grace Cavalieri
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