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 […]


by Julia Griffin “[D]ozens of Korean words added to Oxford English Dictionary The new words include hallyu—the Korean original for the wave of pop culture … [and] bulgogi—thin slices of beef or pork … There is room, too, for mukbang, or livestreams of people eating extraordinary amounts of food while talking to the online audience.” […]

The Ostrich and the Turtle

by Julia Griffin “Turtle on runway causes delays at Japan’s main international airport” —Independent “Wandering ostrich causes Cape Town traffic chaos” —BBC News Let the bird of longest legs And the beast of chic-est shell Keep apart and spare us hell! Thus the world of transit begs. Ostrich wanders down the road; Turtle on the […]

Summer/Fall 2021 ISSUE: Table of Contents

Featured PoetCatherine Chandler Spotlight: Catherine Chandlerby Alfred Nicol Book Reviewsby Barbara Egel Poems by…Felicia Nimue AckermanBrian AllgarClyde AlwaysAnna J. ArredondoBruce BennettJerome BettsLaura J. BobrowAnne Marie BrownDan CampionMonica CarlyJ.P. CeliaMaryann CorbettCheryl CoreyAlfred CornPat D’AmicoToby DevensKatherine EdgrenDaniel GalefLewis M. GedimanJulia GriffinMia Schilling GroganMax GutmannAnthony HarringtonJohn HarrisBrittany HauseRobert JacksonHank JohnsonStephen KampaJohanna KellerSteven KentJenna LeBruce McGuffinBob McKentySusan McLeanMike Mesterton-GibbonsDiane […]

Mia Schilling Grogan

BACK  |  CONTENTS  |  NEXT Cockeyed Bounty (with apologies to Hopkins) All I’ve got is gratitude for front yard things: For lawn signs long-since pointless, sulking somehow; For begonias ranged in bathtubs upon feet with claws; Little Libraries’ insistent gifts; lop-sided swings; Rainbows fluttering; pepper lights on a bough; And small shrines, their buddhas, birds, […]

Lewis M. Gediman

BACK  |  CONTENTS  |  NEXT With shopping for carpet a drag,Jane’s interest was starting to flag.Her salesman, a Briton(And secretly smitten)Asked, “Might you consider a shag?” Lewis M. Gediman, retired head of a marketing research and consulting firm, is the author of A Turn for the Verse: Limericks with a Twist and Semantricks: A Dictionary […]

Rock Star

by Julia Griffin “Mystery Woman Wrapped in a Sheet on Remote Island Called for Help in Perfect English” —The Daily Beast “Croatian police on Wednesday named the woman as Daniela or Dana Adamcova, 57” —The Guardian Until we know, she’s anyone: An English priestess of the sun; A votarist of quarantine; A truant from a […]