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 […]

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 […]

Straight Bat

by Julia Griffin “Queen Elizabeth Has Been Known to Catch Bats in a Butterfly Net at Balmoral Castle” —Town and Country She has been known. You ask, by whom? Select observers, we assume; Who has the task of choosing hats For when HM is catching bats? A veil might help; not so a plume. Balmoral’s […]

Winter/Spring 2022 ISSUE: Table of Contents

Featured PoetAlex Steelsmith Spotlight: Alex Steelsmithby Julia Griffin Book Reviewsby Barbara Egel Poems by…Gilbert AllenClyde AlwaysAlex BarrBruce BennettJerome BettsHilary BiehlJane BlanchardLaura J. BobrowDan CampionJ.P. CeliaMary CookPat D’AmicoTerri Kirby EricksonAndrew FrisardiDaniel GalefDavid GalefNicole Caruso GarciaClaudia GaryStephen GoldJulia GriffinDavid HedgesMichael HeydLily Jarman-ReischDerek KannemeyerSteven KentJean L. KreilingSeth LererKathleen McClungBruce McGuffinBob McKentyEd MeekMike Mesterton-GibbonsTimothy MurphyJames B. NicolaChris O’CarrollJames PenhaD.A. […]

Spotlight: Alex Steelsmith

BACK  |  CONTENTS  |  NEXT The Duke of Double Dactyls by Julia Griffin Any Light reader who finds Alex Steelsmith’s website is in for a treat—a double treat—but also a little disappointment. Click on it and you find two sites, linked by an optical illusion: one is labeled WRITER, with the word TSITRA in mirror […]

David Hedges

BACK  |  CONTENTS  |  NEXT How to Feed the Hungry My plan’s to round up billionairesAnd lock them tight in feedlot pensUntil they’re fat as Frigidaires,Then do them in like Tyson hens. Once these elites play out, my plan’sTo tackle multimillionairesAnd package them in quart-sized cansTo make sure everybody shares. Their children, born to lives […]

Stephen Gold

BACK  |  CONTENTS  |  NEXT Not Under the Collar I deplore the decline of the tie.I’m a liberal, tolerant guy,But humanity’s endIs foretold by this trend,And it’s one I am pledged to defy. Surely only a bumpkin would voteFor the naked display of his throat.To be seen sans cravate,Is just wrong, and that’s that!Fellow yeomen […]