Professor of English Emerita, Montclair State University, my most recent poetry collections are AMERICAN RHAPSODY, CavanKerry Press, 2012 and HURT, THE SHADOW, Dos Madres Press, 2013. LATE is forthcoming from Turning Point. My most recent poems have been published in Cavewall, Bellevue Literary Review and Blue Fifth Review. I live in New Jersey and spend summers in East Hampton, NY near the ocean I love.
Every two weeks my husband and I
take the train to the city
to unravel what James Joyce wrote.
Our fellow readers: a retired academic who plays jazz,
an actor, a former police administrator, a translator.
All of us in love with the great writer’s puns,
allusions, off-color jokes, obscure
mythic references, Irish history.
Sometimes, we finish two paragraphs,
then read to each other aloud.
What better way to while away
these late years I tell myself.
Waiting for the group to begin
at a Jane Street apartment,
I sip a cappuccino at a table in the little park
off 8th Avenue, maybe overdressed
in bright magenta blouse and grey pin-striped suit,
that matches my hair that grew back grey.
I hand my husband my iPhone
to take a photo of me.
He fumbles for the setting, allergic to technology.
I post the picture on Facebook.
Comments come, “You look so sophisticated.”
I hardly recognize myself.
©2015 Carole Stone