Liliana’s Birthday and the Aftermath

Stephen Page has a poem titled “Liliana’s Birthday and the Aftermath” published in the Heron Clan Anthology IX.

Here is an excerpt:

“Dear Liliana,

Today you are 23. Happy Birthday! Remember Capri, the boat ride, the grotto?


Jonathan Barks


Sometimes what you think you need,

Is only what you think you need.

I poach two eggs, toast two pieces of bread, juice a lemon for her and oranges for me, pour two cups of coffee, and kiss her as she enters the kitchen.

We drive the sea route into Punta del Antonio looking for whales. We lunch on rib meat while sitting at a table in the sun in a garden . . .”

Bennington PoetsColumbia University in the City of New YorkPalomar CollegeVermont Studio CenterAlice James Books#poetry#anthologies

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