Julie Cadwallader-Staub lives near Burlington, Vermont. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. Her first collection of poems, Face to Face, was published by Cascadia Publishing House in June 2010. Read reviews at Amazon.com and add your own! You can purchase Face to Face on either Cascadia’s website or Amazon. In Burlington, you can find it at Phoenix Bookstore and, in Shelburne, at Shelburne Farms’ Welcome Center. Joy and Guinea Pig which Garrison Keillor read on The Writer’s Almanac, are in this collection, in addition to sixty other poems. Julie’s poem Reverence has been anthologized in Garrison Keillor’s book Good Poems: American Places.
April 2013 -
“The Blessing of Children-2″ was published in The Cancer Poetry Project 2: More Poems by Cancer Patients and Those Who Love Them by Tasora Book, April 2013.
Spring 2013 “Measurement” was published in the Spring, 2013 volume of Spiritus:A Journal of Christian Spirituality
By Julie Cadwallader-Staub
I slept from 10 p.m. last night until 8:27 this morning.
Ten hours and twenty-seven minutes.
Yesterday I drove 328 miles to visit my sister in Princeton, N.J.
the home of Albert Einstein
who captured energy, mass and the speed of light
in an elegant equation that every student learns.
Look at us:
we quantify everything we can
in this complex and astonishing world,
from nanoseconds to eons
from millimeters to miles
from basis points to billions.
But no one can measure the velocity of hope,
the way hope hatches
fully fledged–in fact, already flying–
between one word and the next
between one breath and the next.
Neither can we calculate the stain of fear,
the way it infects a childhood
and spreads to a lifetime.
And we can only try to imagine the circumference of compassion
the way it shows us the shape of love
factoring in forgiveness
it invents its own quantum leap,
its own speed of light.