AMP. Always Electric.

Volume 1, No. 1

Lotte Lenya

The great woman came to our house in the suburbs for supper. She was tiny and tart, like a kumquat.

She came with her friend, who was my mother’s friend. She sat at our dining room table, the one my mother stripped and refinished herself and which I gave away to a stranger after she died, though my mother had wanted me to keep it.

The great woman ate at our table because that evening she would hear my brother play in a student production of her husband’s masterpiece. She had sung the lead in Berlin, in New York.

She was trying to keep her husband’s legacy alive.

She sat opposite me, like a tiny queen, and ate my mother’s lasagna.

Elisabeth Frost

Elisabeth Frost’s books are All of Us: Poems (White Pine), The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry (Iowa), the chapbooks A Theory of the Vowel (Red Glass Books), Rumor (Mermaid Tenement Books), and Bindle (collaborations with artist Dianne Kornberg, Ricochet Editions). Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Fordham University, she edits the Poets Out Loud Prize series from Fordham Press.