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Mezzo Cammin: An Online Journal of Formalist Poetry by Women - Dorf
Carol Dorf

The Mssrs. Shakespeare Attend the Festivals

Time travel wearies the dislocated
bard, and even more bleak the demands
that arise from multiple locations,
and audiences who by cheers remand

his appearance to bow with bended knee.
Then there are programs to autograph,
slow work with a quill, thus reluctantly
he relies on ballpoints and doubles to draft

his signature. Sometimes scholars criticize
but all men deserve moments to return
to dreams. Let them write papers and devise
high-borne attributions to his plays. He's learned

to ignore the imposters, and enjoy the crowd's
appreciative bouquets, as he waits, head bowed.

The Trope of the Family Vacation

August second, a dog whines outside
the East Main Street Cafe. I've escaped
for an hour, leaving husband, child, asleep
in a darkened motel room, fan running to block
freeway noise. A flyer informs me, "If you are not
praying for your child, who is?" On the drive
it was one DJ who knew God's and his son's
opinion after the next. Within the walls
of my University town, I missed the changeover
from country to Jesus Rock. I heard reports,
but driving through landscape provides visceral
information. Today we'll find places to eat,
play in Lithia Park and watch Romeo die
with his Juliet, their families' sacrifice.


Carol Dorf's poems have appeared in Fringe, The Midway, Poemeleon, Heresies, Edgz, Runes, Feminist Studies, New Verse News, Coracle, Poetica, Responsa, The NeoVictorian, Caprice and elsewhere. She is a former editor of Five Fingers Review and the Barnard Literary Magazine. As an undergraduate, she studied with Marilyn Hacker, Kenneth Koch, and David Ignatow. She has taught in a variety of venues including Berkeley City College, a science museum, and as a California Poet in the Schools. She now teaches at Berkeley High School.


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