I got to read with Barbara Henning last month in D.C. and brought home her book A Day Like Today. Here’s the beginning of the poem “I Wake Up Late,” to which I am grateful for introducing me to the artist Rosemary Mayer, who turns out to be the sister of Bernadette Mayer!


I wake up late and groggy

looking around the room

at Rosemary Mayer’s

orange and yellow circles.

They pair off and make

circles within circles, a chain

of duets. How close we once

were, luck, lady duck, that piece

of high desert drift wood

from the Coyote wilderness.

Lewis’s collages, hours clipping

and pasting the letter O.

You can follow the process

as the outer blue circles

float above…..