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Grace Marie Grafton

Grace Marie Grafton

Grace Marie Grafton is the author of six books of poetry. The most recent is Jester (Hip Pocket Press). Her work has won honors from The Bellingham Review, Sycamore Review, the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition and Anderbo. She has taught poetry to children for three decades through California Poets In The Schools. Her poems recently appeared in Fifth Wednesday, Ambush Review, West Trestle Review and Askew, among others.  

Like a Japanese Woodcut

Early spring orchard, oblique light under
western sun winnowed by late-storm
clouds, solidifies geometry of dark trunks
grown thick-waisted, bark soaked,
swelled by rain, moss on soil
hysterical green, incandescent,
small red blossoms, everything a-tremble.

Picture the Spirit

Draw a triangle, a circle, erase them.
Don't stop to think. Lips are near
my ear, saying what's tucked tight
into the spiral that begins
where I begin, so small it cannot
differentiate itself from the is not or the is.

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