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Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas

Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas is a recent graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing program. She is the author of sixteen poetry collections, including several chapbooks. Her latest full-length collection Alice in Ruby Slippers was a grand prize finalist in the 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. In 2019 her book Epitaph for the Beloved was nominated for the Northern California Book Awards. In 2018, her book In the Making of Goodbyes was nominated for the CLMP Firecracker Award in Poetry, and in 2011 her chapbook Before I Go to Sleep was the winner of the Red Ochre Chapbook contest. Her poems have been featured or are forthcoming in some of the following journals or websites: Verse Daily, Redactions: Poetry and Prose, Talking River Review, The Coachella Review, The Comstock Review, and many more. She has served as Editor-in-chief for The Orchards Poetry Journal, Tule Review, and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Poetry Center. She is an eleven-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a seven-time Best of the Net nominee. She lives in the Sierra Foothills with her husband, her little dog Zuzu and a twenty-year-old cockatoo named Sugar Pie.

Dreaming of James Joyce

Love Loves to Love Love
—James Joyce

When I read James Joyce,
I want to be Nora

somewhere in in a field
in Ireland, on my way home

thinking of him while walking through
dandelions in my bare feet

looking forward to kissing the sweat
off his cheek as he slaves away

working on books like a zealot
in search of god, knowing I am

his god, and he is mine, knowing
the two of us will soon be in the bedroom

both undressed, his glasses
on the night table, my goblet full

of wine, clothes scattered all over
the hardwood floor, my breast

tattooed with his words,
Love Loves to Love Love

so he’ll always be a part of me,
his fingers tracing each letter

on my skin like braille, like desire
for the Dirty Little Fuckbird that I am.
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