Category Archives: For Florenz Eisman

Remembering Florenz at the Thielke Arboretum

Our founding managing editor, Florenz Eisman, walked around the Thielke Arboretum on a regular basis.  Recently, the CavanKerry team visited the location to celebrate Florenz.

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For Florenz: “Family” by Joan Cusack Handler

From GLOrious Family By Joan Cusack Handler Take for instance this African Violet bl o o ming its brains out the tenth year in a row: shameless in purple— scores of furious faces & voluptuous leaves. Like me, surrounded by … Continue reading

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For Florenz: From Robert Weibezahl

Remembering a Friend I Never “Met”   How can you feel a close connection to someone you’ve never met face-to-face? There was a time when I probably would have told you couldn’t—insisted, in fact—but that was before I “met” Florenz. … Continue reading

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For Florenz: “Grievances” by Joan Cusack Handler

from Red Canoe: Love In Its Making GRIEVANCES By Joan Cusack Handler A swelling constant in my throat now & a burning in my chest as I make note of each new grievance— it seems we’re helpless. He must criticize; … Continue reading

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For Florenz: “Reshapings” by Howard Levy

Reshapings The shape of your womb is how I learned to tilt my head when listening hard, when taking in. Your legs, one slightly shorter than the other (not enough to limp but enough to sculpt the muscles of your … Continue reading

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For Florenz: “Bird Call, Wave” by Laurie Lamon

Florenz was a beautiful and amazing part of my journey with my first and then miraculously my second book with CKP. What I remember from all the emails and info about her is her passion for her love for poetry, … Continue reading

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For Florenz: “The Laundress” by Paola Corso

from The Laundress Catches Her Breath The Laundress 1. Sheets are wet worrisome mounds in the basket, socks a pair of sorry balls dripping in self-pity, underwear a limp limbo of cotton blends no longer soaking wet and not yet … Continue reading

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For Florenz: “Invocation/Intoxication” by Carole Stone

from American Rhapsody Invocation/Intoxication Oak barrels, hops and yeasty brew. Answer the door for merrymakers rushing to get sozzled, tasty booze flowing from kegs, basement jugs. In bathtubs, in stills — poteen, bathtub gin, moonshine, apple jack, mountain dew, sacramental … Continue reading

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For Florenz: “Hands” by Shira Dentz

I would like to say that Florenz was the person at CKP with whom I had the most contact while my book was being made and I associate her presence with this book: her warmth, discernment, and enthusiasm were and … Continue reading

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For Florenz: “The First Signs of Spring” by Teresa Carson

When CavanKerry Press accepted Elegy for the Floater, I was clueless about, and daunted by, the publication process. Lucky for me I had Florenz as my guide. She calmly, kindly and patiently helped me to get done what needed to … Continue reading

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