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  • GraceFor Grace Paley, of blessed memory
  • Doris Ferleger (bio)

Grace is dying. Today she drew a not very good picture of the house, the garden, her husband planting

kisses on her neck, her arms, every place else ravaged by wars and politics she fought against in more sturdy years. Today she writes

PREPARE! PREPARE! across the picture she has drawn and tacks it all up on the door of the old ramshackle house, where

together, wife and husband have labored, written, whitened over thirty years of Vermont snows, thirty years of Vermont greening [End Page 87]

in the stubborn, trying— hard garden, where he kneels and kneads tender earth, where she is looking from inside

love’s deep well spilling out. [End Page 88]

Doris Ferleger

Doris Ferleger, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice and poet whose work has been published in numerous literary journals including South Carolina Review, 13th Moon, South Dakota Review, Comstock Review, Many Mountains Moving, as well as in anthologies. Ferleger has an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is seeking publication of her recently completed book of poetry entitled Big Silences in a Year of Rain. She resides with her husband in the Philadelphia area.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1558-9552
Print ISSN
1046-8358
Pages
pp. 87-88
Launched on MUSE
2008-11-13
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2012
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