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Juliet As Herself

Nancy Taylor Everett

2004, 28 pages

Winner of the 2004 Sapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition.

"Juliet and Love"

Though news be sad, yet tell them merrily . . . II.v

Juliet watches the wind wave the grass.

Was it the pulse of the waves,
the roots that anchored the waves, or was it
the wind itself moving invisibly in waves
that transfixed her?

This, she sighs, was getting
tedious. But she let the thought simmer
while she waited around
for things to make sense.

Maybe random traces
were enough to suggest the stirring of plot,
like a movie marquee with its
lights out here and there.

This sullen mood led inevitably
to the subject of love.
People, she noticed, let things blow along
until love died down flat,
and then there they were,
marooned again.

Juliet watches the grass bow and rise.
Its helpless grace. Its charming sway.

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Audio Sample:

As read by the author,
Nancy Taylor Everett


About the Author:

Nancy Taylor Everett

Praise For
Juliet As Herself

"Juliet As Herself is a collection of smart yet tender poems. Here the Juliet of Shakespeare shadows the life of a curious, buoyant, modern young woman as she considers many topics including cartography, art, trees, hair, dirt, envy, and, of course, love. Nancy Taylor Everett has a flair for fresh language and a fine ear for the music of words. Everett's Juliet is a person we want to know better, someone whose life we'd like to follow. This is a wonderful book."

     —Susan Terris

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