"Plastic Beatitude", by Laure-Anne Bosselaar, was featured by the Writer's Almanac blog
on March 23rd, 2010.
The poem is from Bosselaar's 1997 book, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf
In his foreward, Charles Simic describes Bosselaar's work as "an authentic poetic voice, one serious enough to be heard at the end of this long and brutal century." The book captures the lives of "lost souls running," speaking of eccentric, vibrant people, who lived in Europe in the midst of and the fallout from the World Wars.
An Exerpt from "Plastic Beatitude":
Our neighbors, the Pazzotis, live in a long
narrow canary-yellow house with Mrs. Pazzotti's old
father, their 2 daughters, their husbands, 4 kids,
a tortoise shell cat and a white poodle.
Read the rest of the poem featured on The Writer's Almanac here.