Often The Only Thing That Comes With Publication Is Silence
Here's another, untitled poem by Grace Paley, read by author Wesley Brown at her Poets House tribute last year. He describes Grace's impetus to write as such:
"…the validation of her work was not in its critical reception, but in the effort she made to give voice to what Jane Cooper called ‘the crooning and combative language of the street.’ These voices spoke loud and clear in Grace’s poetry and stories, or when she joined a public chorus creating a ruckus around some injustice that many would have preferred to keep quiet.
But wherever Grace’s voice made its presence felt, she never ceased to take delight in a world that also made her furious."
You can listen to the audio here, or stream it live below.