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March 23, 2009


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This is terrific and I find it quite moving. My dad had one of these little books and I've heard of other WWII vets who learned to love poetry because of them. My dad served in Europe - Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, the fun places - as an infantry man. Knowing the poems loved by our loved one is a great way to stay close to them after they've left us. Thanks Laura.

Great post, Laura.

Lovely post, Laura. My dad had the horses; no poetry.

So much love here in this article.

I came across this looking for the origins of who-shot-John.
What a fortuitous detour. My dad was in the Philippines at the end of the war. the newspaper was his poetry, along with Book of the Month.
God bless them, and us for knowing them

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of coming back
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"After You've Gone"
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in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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