Literary Magazine

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.