The Poet at Fifty-Nine

after Larry Levis

Autumn is a glum raisin,
plumped with sweet wine,
stirred into a spiced batter.
As the cake bakes, scents rising,
I think of the woman who taught me to make it,
of everything I learned from all the old women:
How to seed zinnias and play canasta,
make artichoke relish and ambrosia,
tie French knots, polish the silver,
the hemming and pressing of skirts.

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Kathleen Brewin Lewis is a Georgia writer whose chapbook, Fluent in Rivers, was published in 2014 by FutureCycle Press. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Still: The Journal, Yemassee, Heron Tree, Cider Press Review, and other publications. She is senior editor of the online journal Flycatcher.

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