Poetry & Poets

Grace Cavalieri

Grace Cavalieri

Grace is Maryland’s Tenth Poet Laureate. She has 21 books and chapbooks of poetry and 26 produced short-form and full-length plays. Her newest poetry publication is Showboat, 2019. Grace founded and still produces "The Poet and the Poem" on public radio, celebrating 43 years on-air in 2019. The show’s 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.

Bluebirds

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,
tulips droop from their vases,
and death has never had so many faces.
 
That's the time to go out at dusk when even the deaf talk softly;
Don't look at the hummingbird hovering
afraid of the bubbles rising in their nectar -
Bluebirds know of danger, their air made of smoke -
large wings of prey
never far distant -
Try to find the bluebirds in their church of air,
star seeds of sound that crystallize then burst.