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January 18, 2009


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Poem which by the way can be found in "Man and Camel" (Knopf). Or in Italy in "Uomo e Cammello" (Mondadori).

I love this poem of Mark's, it is so poignant. Thanks for the report, Moira, and the pic of those two handsome fellas. And it's great that you included the Italian!

The Italian of the poem, that is.

!! I love it when people ask, "How's your Italian?" "Language or husband?" I ask in return.

My family lived in Rome some 50 years ago.
I still remember my mother being asked "How's your Italian?"
"He's wonderful," she said, "but don't tell Tony! (my father)"

Thanks for the Italian translation - fantastic!

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

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