Julia Griffin

BACK  |  CONTENTS  |  NEXT The Men from U.N.C.L.E.A.N. “UNCLIMATECHANGECONFERENCEUK 2021″                           —Poster for COP26 Too grim to aim a rhyme at?It’s all that’s in my range:UNCONFERENCE, UNCLIMATE,UNCHANGE. Mollusk of the Year “Researchers in Germany are asking people around the world to vote for their favourite creature out of a list of five nominees. The winner will […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

New World Discovery

by Julia Griffin “The World Can’t Believe Americans Are Only Just Discovering Kettles, As They Mock NY Times Article” —Network 10 A saucepan serving as a kettle Is just a mad misuse of metal. What makes me really rant and rave? A teacup in a microwave. This week it somehow hit the Press How things […]

Mite-Ender Skin

by Julia Griffin “Mites that mate on our faces at night face extinction threat” —The Guardian These mites Most nights Have dates With mates On skin We’re in And yet Face threat While we Threat-free Face their Derrières.

Some Like Keeping Up: A Transformation

by Julia Griffin “People are accusing Kim Kardashian of damaging Marilyn Monroe’s gown after wearing it to the Met Gala” —NBC News Me! LooK, All: I Really aM It. ClicK! Look! A Young staR, Nude dresseD; My ideA! Oh yeS, New mytH Rules! I Out-metA Even MarilyN.

Chicken Out

by Julia Griffin “Chickens were first tempted down from trees by rice, research suggests” —The Guardian They might have had millet, Or barley, or peas; They stuck to their billet: The trees. When hearing of farro Or buckwheat, or corn, Their eyes went quite narrow With scorn. They vowed to adhere to Arboreal fare; Their […]

Glazed Over

by Julia Griffin “Man arrested after Mona Lisa smeared with cake Man, 36, placed in psychiatric care after painting’s display case covered in cake in apparent climate protest … In 2009 a Russian woman threw an empty teacup at the painting, which slightly scratched the case.” —The Guardian “The Italian name for the painting, La […]