Intermezzo For Phoebe Snow | Valencia Robin Grice
Sometimes you hear a song
like her song
that fits like a ripe plum in your hand,
the sweet flesh and tart skin of her voice
simply what it is.
Like tall grass gone to flower,
the simplest of yellows.
Or the right man opening a jar
and handing it back to you, smiling.
The jar holding something
you’d almost forgotten.
Valencia Robin Grice is a poet, curator, arts professional and one of the founders of GalleryDAAS in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She is currently completing her MFA at the University of Virginia in poetry. In 2014, she won first place in the Hocking Hills Poetry Festival. Her creative work has been supported by a number of grants and fellowships including the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship, the Center for the Education of Women Margaret Towsley Fellowship, Bennington College and the Vermont College of Fine Arts.