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February 07, 2008


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Bagina??? I want one of those.

In you are, Jim Cummins, and you've hit the mark.

This really IS a wonderful anthology!

Today, I went a little ga ga over the Hart Crane on page 42, "Episode of Hands"--a little poem with just the vulnerability you mention. A factory owner's son bandages the hand of a factory worker. That's a poem with some kink--the wound bleeding, the pain lost in the tenderness, the different classes of each man, and many descriptions of their hands.

Jim, thanks for sending us to the book to start reading!

Thanks for inviting us all in.

-Jenny Factor

Thanks, Jenny. I love the Crane poem! I find generosity like this throughout the volume.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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