Grace Cavalieri

Messages from the Other World

Volume 14:4, Fall 2013
Prose Poem Issue

Messages from the Other World

These are not on the road to nowhere. Just when I can’t take anymore up come the dead. How they do it I don’t know, with all their strengths and depths. They play music on the radio like Juliette Greco,  from years ago, our favorite singer. These are not memorized memories—your sock caught in the sleeve of my sweater from an old laundry— quarters shining in the grass in the backyard although fenced and gated—lights going on and off. I agree I’d put everyone’s mind at ease to call it coincidence, or parallels to life from undercurrents of thought, but did I tell you that tonight I put the last log in the fireplace—although it’s well into Spring, and without a match, I returned and it was already alive with flames?

 

Grace Cavalieri's newest publication is Other Voices, Other Lives (Alan Squire Publishers, 2017), a compendium of poems, plays and interviews. She has nineteen books and chapbooks of poetry in print, and has had 26 plays produced on American stages. She founded and still produces "The Poet and the Poem," a series for public radio celebrating 40 years on-air, now from the Library of Congress. She is the poetry columnist for The Washington Independent Review of Books. She received the 2013 George Garrett Award from The Associate Writing Programs. To read more by this author: Grace Cavalieri: Winter 2001; Introduction to "The Bunny and the Crocodile" Issue: Spring 2004; Grace Cavalieri on Roland Flint: Memorial Issue; Grace Cavalieri: Whitman Issue; Grace Cavalieri: Wartime Issue; Grace Cavalieri: Evolving City Issue; Grace Cavalieri: Split This Rock Issue; Grace Cavalieri on Ann Darr: Forebears Issue; Grace Cavalieri on "The Poet & The Poem": Literary Organizations Issue.