Listen to Podcast Interview with Grace Cavalieri on The Poet and the Poem


final reunion dinner
once each year for some
beloved relatives
  1. three children
    1. son
    2. daughter
    3. son
  2. de facto daughter-in-law
  3. two grandchildren
    1. granddaughter
    2. grandson
  4. mother-in-law
  5. father-in-law
  6. sister-in law
  7. brother-in-law
  8. niece
  9. nephew
  10. self
  11. another sister-in-law, not at this dinner
only room for eight at table
#10 sits on couch with mushroom tetrazzini & wine
#6 texts, #9 talks without need for answer as he plays video game
#2 holds #3 (a & b) to task of eating
#1 (c) out of commission with a fever
#4 chats briefly with #10 before switching connection to #6
#6 proves she can chat while texting
table talk question:  what wife of famous movie star attended family wedding
#10 knows (lola redford, wife of robert), and moves to table
as soon as #10 sits at table #7 starts to text, joining #1 (b)
after several minutes #10 leaves table to pour more wine
#3 (a & b) have found i-pads and games
#1 (a) and #7, now on couch, watch a kindle presentation of a stand-up routine
#8 curls next to #10 and searches for games on 8-year-old cell phone
#5 is legally blind at 92 and sits and stares silently
#9 brings a kindle to #10 to watch an animated poetry reading
#10 can't hear the poem, even turning his hearing aids up
earlier in the day #10 and #11 discussed writing poetry
now dinner is over and it is soon time to depart
see you next year
what a great time