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Barbara Alfaro for Lost in Romance: two poems

by Louisa Klein

We are proud to treat you to  two romantic poems by Barbara Alfaro, an excellent poet and author whose talent we have already appreciated on this website, you can read her short story, ‘The Three Facebooks of Barbara’ here: http://localhost/directfix/?p=541.
 
 
 
 
FIRST KISS
Teddy O’Connor, I dreamed of you last night.
You were the age you would be now
and still handsome in your quiet way.
Remember us, in our Easter Sunday best,
beside my father’s mint green Chevrolet,
holding torch-shaped ice cream cones.
Ten years later, I’m wearing a prom dress.
You are Cary Grant in a rented tux.
You broke my heart that night,
being too attentive to another.
Somewhere between the Carvels
and senior prom, probably
when we were twelve, we paused
in a Long Island woods and
sat beside each other on a fallen tree.
You surprised me with a kiss
and I fell silent as a log.
In the dream, you said you live in Delaware.
I wonder how you are now.
The fool part of me is tempted to see
how many Theodore O’Connors
live in Wilmington but if I found you,
what could I say?
Teddy O’Connor, I dreamed of you last night.
IN THE POEM
for Victor
I remember you in your red robe,
standing in a triangle of sunlight
as you feed our cats, put coffee on,
and break bread into pieces
for the birds outside in the snow.
You give me a poem you have written.
In the poem, what is best in me is
exaggerated the way truths are in dreams
and reading it, I see I am loved.
 
Info about the author:
Barbara Alfaro is a nice lady, living in the States (Maryland) with what I think is the cutest dog ever (I have a soft spot for animals, I can’t help it).
She’s the author of “Mirror Talk,” a memoir about a Catholic girlhood and working in theatre, a book of poems called “Singing Magic,” and a collection of plays titled “The Sirius Interview & Other Short Plays.”
Excerpts from all three books appear on her blog.
Each book is available on Amazon.com or can be directly purchased on her blog: http://barbara-alfaro.blogspot.com/.
She’s the winner of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for her play “Dos Madres” and her poems have been published in various literary journals.
Her favorite authors are Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens and her favorite filmmakers are Woody Allen and the Coen brothers. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband Victor and our neurotic miniature poodle mix Pip (the cute dog I’ve mentioned at the beginning of this blurb). She’s a native New Yorker who misses that shiny city of dreams. To buy her books, simply click on the covers below:
 

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6 comments

Laura Novak February 1, 2012 - 9:52 pm

Congratulations on this feature! It is well deserved as Barbara Alfaro is one of my favorite writers! Such a beautiful voice and captivating style. I own both books and read them over and over. I recommend them to everyone!

Danielle February 1, 2012 - 11:51 pm

You give me a poem you have written.
In the poem, what is best in me is
exaggerated the way truths are in dreams
and reading it, I see I am loved.

How very beautiful and resonant. I teared up.

Rolando February 2, 2012 - 1:10 am

Some moments are frozen in memory, we just have to recall them and allow them to insinuate themselves into poems, like you have done with these two.

Dawn February 2, 2012 - 9:58 pm

I don’t normally get overly emotional when I read poetry, but that last poem really struck me in its wonderfulness.

Carla Sarett February 4, 2012 - 12:46 am

Can I say again how much I adore these poems, Barbara?

Barbara Alfaro February 4, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Thanks, Carla. You are always so generous.

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