Grace Paley

Grace Paley Poems

1.
Here

Here I am in the garden laughing
an old woman with heavy breasts
and a nicely mapped face
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2.
This Life

My friend tells me
a man in my house jumped off the roof
the roof is the eighth floor of this building
the roof door was locked how did he manage?
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3.
Walking In The Woods

That's when I saw the old maple
a couple of its thick arms cracked
one arm reclining half rotted
into earth black with the delicious
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4.
The Poet's Occasional Alternative

I was going to write a poem
I made a pie instead it took
about the same amount of time
of course the pie was a final
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5.
Autumn

What is sometimes called a
tongue of flame
or an arm extended burning
is only the long
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Grace Paley Quotes

11 November 2014

The word career is a divisive word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life.

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Grace Paley Biography

Grace Paley was an American-Jewish short story writer, poet, and political activist.

Biography

Grace Paley (née Goodside) was born in the Bronx to Isaac and Manya Ridnyik Goodside, who anglicized the family name from Gutseit on immigrating from Ukraine. Her father was a doctor. The family spoke Russian and Yiddish along with English. T ...

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