Voices in Verse resumes today with a work by Marguerite Guzman Bouvard, a resident scholar in the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

Bouvard is the author of more than a dozen books in the fields of politics, psychology, women’s studies and poetry, including "The Path Through Grief: A Compassionate Guide" and "Revolutionizing Motherhood: The Mothers of the Plaza de mayo." She was previously a professor of political science and creative writing at Regis College. Her memoir, "Healing: Rebuilding a Life with Chronic Illness," will be published in June 2007 by University Press of New England.

As Dusk Fell

She was turning the pages of a book.

Outside her window the trees

were weaving a sky of trembling

purples and reds. Voices rose from the pages

like cicadas charting the direction

of wind and the dimension of fields.

outside her window the leaves

were singing as if they were birds

signaling departure. The pages of her book

burned with all she held

within her heart, children sweeping

through the chapters like comets,

the faces of her forbears surfacing like

coins in newly plowed furrows

in Acquilea. Turning the pages she saw

corridors of rain, how even though

her book was slender it held such mysteries.

She was turning its pages

as dusk fell and larks twittered

sleepily, turning, as the stars

flung out their crystal banners.

She dreamed she was walking

behind her mother in a space so vast,

a mountain so steep, she was afraid,

remembering all that would be erased.

– Marguerite Guzman Bouvard

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