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March 09, 2009


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I love this poem Jim. So often I'm surprised by the complexity in Grace Paley's poems. I guess I'm surprised by her poems in general though, having first "met" her through her remarkable fiction.

Me too, Stacey. Her poems are so fresh, too: full of fruits and flowers, vegetables, dinners, friends. Then suddenly some door opens, and the so important thing gets said.

What a striking poem. Where did you find it, Jim?

In her BEGIN AGAIN, COLLECTED POEMS (FS&G 2000), p 39. Isn't it fine? I was looking for this one that I remembered from an earlier time, but ended up spending a chunk of the afternoon reading most of her COLLECTED. I heartily recommend.

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of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
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"After You've Gone"
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of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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