about the author

Jane Cassady is the co-host and booking maven for the Philadelphia Poetry Slam. She has appeared in The November 3rd Club, The Comstock Review, Valley of the Contemporary Poets, and other journals. She has performed at such venues as LouderArts in New York City, Valley Contemporary Poets in Los Angeles, and The Encyclopedia Show in Chicago. She has taught poetry to all ages from pre-K to adult.


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Fortune Cookie Poem

Jane Cassady



“Soon, your old friends will remind you of your forgotten childhood joys.”

It was all fresh air
and helplessness that summer.
Sleep was like falling down a hole,
lunch was a lifeboat.
This was before I started living
on crudités and ice cream.
When I could sit on the back of a tied pony
and read a book.
The first alarm clock:
a sunrise like lilac water,
slightly singed toast,
grapefruit spoons.
It was my idea to make the special breakfast.
Naming the rocks was, too.





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