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July 28, 2008


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Thanks for this fine post, Terry. I met Tim Dlugos through Donald Britton, another superb fellow (and highly talented poet) who came to NYC via DC. Tim was socially so smooth and such fun that at first his lively poems seemed an extra bonus like cognac with your afternoon tea & a side order of fresh raspberies dusted with powdered sugar. But then it started dawning on people just how strong and ambitious and complicated were the poems turned out by the happy-go-lucky author of "Je Suis Ein Americano."

I couldn't agree more about the wondrous value of his late poems. Really they are less about illness than about healing, as in "Healing the World from Battery Park," which appeared in "Hanging Loose" and then was chosen by Louise Gluck for "The Best American Poetry 1993."

Kudos to David Trinidad, who is devoted to Tim and has done exemplary work on his literary legacy.

David: Thanks for mentioning Donald, and reminding me of him. He was, indeed, another exceptional person whose life was cut short by AIDS. Tim had a wide circle of friends of many varieties, & excelled at connecting many of them up with one another.

Blogs are good for every one where we get lots of information for any topics nice job keep it up !!!

Its very good blog about American Poetry, thanks for your nice information, Regards

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"After You've Gone"
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as I enter
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