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Maria Terrone is the author of two poetry collections: A Secret Room in Fall, co-winner of the McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press, and The Bodies We Were Loaned, plus a chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2.  Her poems have appeared in such magazines as The Hudson Review, Poetry, and Notre Dame Review and in 20 anthologies. In 2012 she wrote a 20-minute narrative, “At Home in the New World, that was commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum and performed in Queens. Visit her at


Uncorking the Aged Wine

I imagine the grape-tinctured air
escaping like a genie
who’s bidden time for years,

his power growing deeper, more complex
in its knowledge
of the human heart: We all want more

than three wishes.  But I’ll gladly surrender
my first to taste
the sun’s honeyed flight and the sobering

down-pull of must jousting
on my tongue,
that willing vessel of poetry and mayhem.

Previously Published in The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women on Food and Culture (The Feminist Press)