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Saturday, January 15, 2011


by Iris Litt

Elaine Kaufman’s will:
“I direct that my ashes be spread over Second Avenue.”

Feel that drop?
You think it’s rain.
No, it’s just
a bit of Elaine.

Would Elaine have let you in
to her prestigious boite?
Now she’s sending her ashes
to land on you.  Not!

Second Ave. is not “a designated area to scatter”.
Unless you’re one of the people who matter.

Iris Litt’s most recent book of poetry is What I Wanted to Say from Shivastan Publishing. An earlier book of poetry, Word Love,  was published by Cosmic Trend Publications.  She has had poems in many literary magazines including Onthebus, Confrontation, Hiram Poetry Review, The  New Renaissance, Asphodel, Poetry Now, Central Park, Icarus, The Rambunctious Review, Pearl, The Ledge, Earth's Daughters, Poet Lore, Scholastic, and Atlantic Monthly (special college edition).  She has had short stories in Travellers Tales, Prima Materia, Out Of The Catskills,  and The Second Word Thursdays Anthology; and articles in Pacific Coast Journal, Writer's Digest, and The Writer.  She teaches writing workshops in Woodstock, NY, and has taught creative writing at Bard College,  SUNY/Ulster, Arts Society of Kingston, Writers in the Mountains, Educational Alliance, New York Public Library, and Marble Collegiate Church. She lives in Woodstock and in New York City’s Greenwich Village.