About the Poems
by Martha Silano
I write about my family mostly, or most well. These poems praise the birth of a second child and expose some of the less revered emotions (envy, hate, sadness/regret). I actually did carry home a quarter cow one day, which prompted "Gravitas." It was on Veteran's Day, a gorgeous fall day, but I was furious because even though it was organic meat it was just as heavy as non-organic, and faced with all that meat, well, I started thinking of all the things in a marriage that overwhelm and distress me. "Hate" is also about the anger that wells up, a perfect counter-point to the unfathomable love and affection I feel for my husband. But not that day. "My Envy" is for Molly Tenenbaum, a wonderful poet who has taught a tremendous amount. Everything else can probably speak for itself.