Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri presents poetry and featured poets

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.

Poetry by Grace Cavalieri

Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
Elaine's father was a guard at the Trenton State Penitentiary.
Once in awhile, I forget how often,
she couldn't come out to play
because it was her daddy's turn to pull the switch ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
Awakened by daily light,
I moved through a map of sounds
into the fold of the future.
There
in the periphery of
friendship was a man standing in
light between the trees. ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
When you come to wherever
failed hopes go, turn
here instead,
where my child’s voice is heard
in the night, still damp from dreams. ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
Last time I saw her
she wasn't so big. Actually
she was downright skinny,
singing the final time
in Washington, D.C. ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
The cat likes to lick
a piece of butter
at the end of a knife
propped up by the window
so he can watch the birds ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
A string of tiny mites,
thematic elements of nature,
climb the beach house wall.
What vibration causes them to stop, confer
with another line, then move on, we'll never know. ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
The monkey trap is simply this
A coconut hollowed out
A sweet potato stuck inside
 
This is how a monkey can be caught
He puts his paw inside
And grabs his food ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
In the small grey hut of self-doubt where the ceilings are too low for you to stand,
by the road where your friend would only drive you half-way home,
next to the trench of holes filled with grief and wrong choices,
where it's better not to know how you should do things a different way, ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
The first heart is made of self,
A spirit you brought with you and
Stays after you leave.
The other heart is flesh and blood, ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
The sack dress was in style then
          with a single strand of pearls.
The sack dress was designed to see
          the body move lightly beneath.
That's why I wore it to my first poetry
          contest in Philly, ...