Grace Paley

(11 December 1922 – 22 August 2007 / Bronx, New York)

Grace Paley Poems

1. On Mother's Day 12/8/2015
2. People In My Family 4/19/2012
3. Reading The Newspapers At The Village Store 4/19/2012
4. Words 4/19/2012
5. Hand Me Downs 4/19/2012
6. The Boy His Mother 4/19/2012
7. One Day I Decided 4/19/2012
8. Walking In The Woods 4/19/2012
9. When I Was Asked How I Could Leave Vermont In The Middle Of October 4/19/2012
10. Autumn 10/5/2011
11. The Poet's Occasional Alternative 4/19/2012
12. This Life 1/13/2003
13. Here 1/13/2003

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

how did this happen
well that's who I wanted to be

at last a woman
in the old style sitting
stout thighs apart under
a big skirt grandchild sliding
on off my lap a pleasant
summer perspiration

that's my old man across the yard
he's talking to the meter reader
he's telling him the world's sad story
how electricity is oil or uranium
and so forth I tell my grandson
run over to your grandpa ask him
to sit beside me for a minute I
am ...

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