Julia Griffin

BACK  |  CONTENTS  |  NEXT I Heard A Fly … After Emily Dickinson “Buzz off!” I told the Fly. “I’m busy.”“Busy is as busy does!”Replied the Fly. “Don’t make me dizzy;You’re just dead, dear. That’s the buzz.” Final Curtains A stab is a stab, that’s certain;But none is as bad, to me,As a stab through […]

Julia Griffin

BACK  |  CONTENTS  |  NEXT Magdalene Distressed Being a Lady Saint, I’ve lots of hair.It used to swirl while I was lost in prayer,Yellow as sunlight, reaching to my seat,Long, tender tendrils tending everywhere. At times as modest as a well-draped sheet,It offered a reliable retreatIn certain situations, or, outspread,A towel for the longest, dampest […]

Spotlight: Julia Griffin

BACK | CONTENTS | NEXT A Light Heavyweight Tells All by Melissa Balmain “I basically don’t do anything but cook, write, make ice cream, panic about schoolwork, and walk my dog,” Julia Griffin told me in July, via Zoom. “Oh, and read.” As any fan of hers would, I instantly expanded that modest list in […]

Julia Griffin—Featured Poet

  CONTENTS    |    NEXT This page is dedicated, with love, to Larry Weiss (1942-2020) The Other Night … Not last night but the night before,I saw Eternity, the big tom cat:He curled himself before my door,Like a great ring. And as I pondered that,Quick down the wall came Time, his shady twin,And knocked […]

Julia Griffin

BACK  |  CONTENTS  |  NEXT Weepiness The comfort of weeping soon passes; And then it’s a bore to dispose Of the spatters of salt on one’s glasses, And the difficult stuff up one’s nose. Vessel Orchestra “Composed of thirty-two sculptures, utilitarian containers, and decorative objects from the Museum’s collection, Vessel Orchestra is the first sound-based […]

Julia Griffin

BACK | CONTENTS | NEXT Prep-Westeros I’ve never fancied watching people kill. It isn’t that I think it should be banned (Provided no one’s killed against their will), But my delights are generally bland, And even when the slaughter’s really grand I can’t contain it in my comfort zones; Yet, if the truth be accurately […]

Julia Griffin

BACK | CONTENTS | NEXT Peterman Girl* Although I am nearly fifty-fiveAnd look about twice my age,I feel I’m finally coming aliveAs I scour each Peterman page.O who’d have thought there’d be such romance, Such a dazzling red alert,In a pair of pleat-front wide-leg pantsAnd a high-neck stretch-satin shirt?A woman steps onto a balcony.All Paris […]

Julia Griffin

BACK | CONTENTS | NEXT Julia would like to dedicate this page to her beloved mother, Miriam Griffin (1935-2018) Amazing Grease Space is full of dirty, toxic grease, scientists reveal—The Guardian, June 2018 How cleanly shines each little star On Heaven’s mantelpiece; And how discomfited we are To learn that shine is grease! It’s carbon, […]

Julia Griffin

BACK | CONTENTS | NEXT Non-Poor Getty [Lady Ursula] gave in to Getty because “I felt so lost and lonely I fell for this dear old man’s kindness and charm.” … She later recalled that she felt sorry for him because of his wealth. —The Times When John Paul Getty sought to get The Duke […]

Badge R Us

by Julia Griffin “A badger gets credit for finding Roman coins in a cave in northern Spain” —NPR While badgers’ tastes are various, They sniff at the denarius, Though nobody can well prevent ’em From hoarding aurum et argentum. For larger coins, they’re really cadgers: Indeed, you’ll seldom witness badgers As jubilantly dirty as When […]

Just Or Bust

by Julia Griffin “Group of women asks US supreme court to overturn topless sunbathing ban” —The Guardian Bathing without our tops on Is simply a woman’s right. It’s nothing to call the cops on; No need for distress or fright. To tan like a man, or more so, Is something our sex has earned— This […]

No Whey

by Julia Griffin “How a Cream Cheese Shortage Is Impacting NYC Bagel Shops” —The New York Times Oy veh! Vey ist mir! A shortage of schmear! I’m feeling verklempt; My bagel’s unkempt; What sort of schlemiel Takes this as a meal? Can nothing be safe? This lox is now treyf.

Christmas Cocktail

by Julia Griffin “Rep. Thomas Massie said Monday he’ll never delete the controversial photo he posted over the weekend of him and his family holding guns in front of a Christmas tree…. ‘I crossed guns with family and Christmas, and those are three things that really could trigger the leftists, and I didn’t realize that […]

Who Dunnit?

by Julia Griffin “Storm Strands Dozens of Guests at English Pub” —The Weather Channel A circumstance of literary form: Guests, by default, but strangers, as it seems, Are stranded all together by a storm. The setting is a pub. What cozy memes Hover around! The guests are named and classed: Avuncular professors, comic cooks, Curt […]

Surgeon Emergency

by Julia Griffin “Austria: Doctor fined for amputating wrong leg of patient … In court, the surgeon said there had been a flaw in the chain of command in the operating theatre. When asked why she had marked the right leg and not the left, she said: ‘I just don’t know’.” —BBC News I just […]