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Elizabeth Zelvin: The Old Lady Shows Her Mettle

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2024

THE OLD LADY SHOWS HER METTLE

 

Elizabeth Zelvin

 

 

don't call her senior citizen or crone

this aging woman holds reserves of fire

lava rumbles in her belly, rises

in her gorge, blisters as it brims

upon her lips and trickles down her thighs

 

a radical who once vaulted over subway turnstiles

she now ducks under them, invisible

as old ladies are, to the grandsons of the cops

who once arrested her, or if they notice

they'll only smile and turn away

they don't know she's still incendiary

if you look past the silver hair  

the ravines of time and laughter on her face

the billows cradling chin and upper arms

she's still all volcano underneath

 

 

 

Elizabeth Zelvin is the author of two books of poetry, I Am the Daughter (1981) and Gifts and Secrets (1999), and recipient of a CAPS award from the New York State Council on the Arts. During the Second Wave of the women's movement, her work was widely published in such journals as 13th Moon, Heresies, and the anthology Sarah's Daughters Sing. Recent poems have appeared in Yellow Mama as well as in anthologies of work about COVID and in support of Ukraine. Liz also writes short and long form fiction, including the Bruce Kohler Mysteries and the Mendoza Family Saga.

 

Elizabeth Zelvin, multiple Derringer & Agatha awards nominee  

The Bruce Kohler Mysteries

The Mendoza Family Saga

http://elizabethzelvin.com

Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received. She is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024