Rivers like veins taken by night
By what we remembered now dry
Leaving their shadows leaving our shadows
Behind a big achievement for the sun
Which will be remembered for our failures
Once the Anglicized air was sweet and pure
Now a scar on our cheeks of smoke
Touch it we are the lunatics who
Slept with moonlight on our faces
Legend says that makes you crazy
And indeed dry land dead water we
Must have been.
Grace Cavalieri has 18 books and chapbooks published, the latest is a memoir; Life Upon the Wicked Stage Cavalieri has seen her 26 plays produced on American stages. Her newest play is “ANNA NICOLE: BLONDE GLORY.” She’s the monthly poetry columnist and reviewer for The Washington Independent Review of Books. She holds several poetry and playwriting awards including The Allen Ginsberg Award (1993 and 2013 ;) The Paterson Prize; AWP’s 2013 George Garrett Award for Service to Literature; The Washington Independent Review of Books Lifetime Achievement Award (2015 ;) The Pen Fiction Award; and CPB's Silver Medal.