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 […]


by Julia Griffin “Nailed it: man, 82, builds bench for wife in 30 minutes after council plea ignored Manuel Souto took matters into own hands to provide resting place for wife on daily walks in Spanish town” —The Guardian O Stranger, toiling down the street: Respect this rough-and-ready seat Made manually by Manuel To help […]


by Julia Griffin For Tam and Sophie “Bear found stuck on power pole in southern Arizona city … Werner Neubauer, a company lineman, said they immediately disabled the power so the animal would not get electrocuted. Neubauer then went up in a bucket lift and used an 8-foot (2-meter) fiberglass stick to try to nudge […]

Enter, Pursuing A Bear

by Julia Griffin “Teenage Girl Fights Off Bear to Rescue Dogs” —CBSN A bear’s been toppled from a fence!— An unforeseen experience, Much more impressive than it sounds: The toppler weighed some hundred pounds, The bear some thousand (I expect). But there were young ones to protect! The human heroine rushed up, Lunged out, and […]


by Julia Griffin “Magawa the rat, who was awarded a gold medal for his heroism, is retiring from his job detecting landmines In a five-year career, the rodent sniffed out 71 landmines and dozens more unexploded items in Cambodia. But his handler Malen says the seven-year-old African giant pouched rat is ‘slowing down’ as he […]

How Does It Feel?

by Julia Griffin “Argentinian TV reports death of Shakespeare after Covid jab … [A] newsreader on Canal 26, mixed up the Bard with William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare, an 81-year-old Warwickshire man who became the second person in the world to get the Pfizer vaccine.” —The Guardian Reflect, ye poets light or weighty, Upon a year surpassed […]


by Julia Griffin “Executives at [AmerisourceBergen] one of the US’s largest drug distributors, circulated rhymes and emails mocking ‘hillbillies’ who became addicted to opioid painkillers . […] Zimmerman [a senior executive] told the trial he regretted circulating the mocking rhyme but it was ‘a reflection of the environment at the time.’ He said the emails […]


by Julia Griffin “The voice of Alexa, the virtual assistant developed by Amazon, is provided by Nina Rolle, a Colorado based voiceover artist, according to a new book.” —The Guardian ’Twas the voice of Alexa, I heard her declare: “Our forms of address are not balanced or fair; I call you by name (’tis a […]