Barbara F. Lefcowitz

Rookie (New York City)

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I've published nine poetry collections, listed below, and am now working on a New & Selected collection, which I hope to publish as an e-book. Tentative title is 'Combing the Rain.' Have also published fiction and essays, won writing fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Maryland Arts Council and individual journals. A native New Yorker,... more »

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April Guest

Summer has arrived too early,
before I’ve even set the table.

It does not apologize. I offer it a drink,
a stack of magazines, but it’s in a
chatty mood, follows me to the kitchen

and warns about the perils of cutting
garlic and onions in full sunlight

tells me a joke about the slashed bagel
that rushed to the ER. I pretend
to laugh, suggest that summer

fold the napkins, count the spoons and forks
but it keeps talking, the noisiest time of the year

with all those raucous bar-be-cues and squealing kids,
acrobatics applauded by ...

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