To be the Mary J. Blige of poetry to come back as Peter O’Toole to have Peter Falk expose his tender heart to you as John Cassavetes would make a monument to love of a fragile wife with a nervous tic and strangers from a bar on the couch to be a poet of the sea pounding down each syllable ‘til it resembles almost nothing but sound between lovers to be an unscripted scene of oneself have a teardrop tattoo inked beneath one eye to practice right action and right speech to summon a stiff drink upon waking at the foot of a dune to be a grain of sand in that dune to be seen up close at maximum magnification as intricate and entirely plausible
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O lightness of being depicted as we are atop a snowy summit you buckling my backpack far above the world and its noisy entourage of grief we like to believe in the rogue element of ardor two decades of buttering the muffin but toast is not everything and we are not luddites nor are we orthorexics misplacing all our love in the interim atop a snowy summit we are lightness and being mountain air we are palpable even in this photo on the back of The New Yorker wind whips my blond ponytail as I conjure a weather report open palms cradling the wireless wafer a hawk gliding just out of frame Tina Cane was born in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC in 1969 and grew up in the city’s East and West Village. She attended the University of Vermont, the Sorbonne and completed her master’s degree in French Literature at the Université de Paris IV-Nanterre. She is the founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI. Over the past twenty years, she has taught French, English and Creative Writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island. Tina’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including Hanging Loose, Spinning Jenny, The Literary Review, Barrow Street and Salt Hill Journal. Her work, The Fifth Thought, was published by Other Painters Press in 2008. In addition to working as a teaching poet in her program, Tina is an instructor with the writing community Frequency Providence. She lives just outside of the capital city with her husband and their three children. Read the poems Tina Cane previously published in Two Serious Ladies.