lingua franca

by Joanne Grumet my tongue is mute servant of words longs for pleasure to lick at life has tasted the sweet and the bitter Joanne GrumetJoanne Grumet’s chapbook Garden of Eve was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. Her poems have also appeared in the journals The Poetry Quarterly, The Same, Jewish Women’s Literary

Ghosts of Second Avenue

by Joanne Grumet i. We courted in a world that is no more: the Gem Spa where we went for chocolate egg creams; Ratner’s Dairy Restaurant where they served us onion rolls for bread; the Second Avenue Deli No more readings by the Beats, Ginsburg gone, his howling; no more Fugs protesting the war in