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
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, ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
Each of us has a pond. Mine is deep. I sleep beneath
the water in a silence so clear
the bloom of desire melts from me, ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
(for Ken 1930-2013)
 
If I were lying in a boat in a wedding gown would you see me floating by
If I named a star after you would you lie in the grass looking up
If I lived in a white house would you come sit on my front porch
If I were caught in a bad dream would you please wake me up ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
From miles across the sprawling ocean,
from the trance of childhood,
my father came to this country
into a stale air of daylight
and broken promise. ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
Having a mother who's a writer is a different grammar
from a mother who bakes cookies and measures table cloths, ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
In Haiku there is one rule: no cats.
They are too cute, too easy to win our love.
That is the rule.
Today
my cat saw the blossoms blow
and begged
to go outside, ...
Poetry by
Grace Cavalieri
I see his red and white striped shirt hanging against all the others left untouched by his breath. I say Thank You to that shirt ...