Daphne was known within these doors And to these streets. Lovely her humor and lovely her smile We tear our garments and sit on low boxes Let's see who can sing the best story. Amaryllis I will praise as best I can Taking my turn to raise our Daphne up Among the stars, Daphne shall be high Among the
Judith Baumel is the author of two books of poetry: Now (University of Miami Press, 1996) and The Weight of Numbers (Wesleyan University Press, 1988), for which she won the Walt Whitman Award, judged by Mona Van Duyn. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others. A former director of the Poetry Society of America, Baumel is the founding director of the creative writing program at Adelphi University, where she is currently a professor of English. She lives in the Bronx.