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April 14, 2009

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This is just perfect Laura. It says so much. Thank you for knowing and posting this poem.

Yes, a perfect choice, Laura.

I will look forward to your musings on the suicide of poets. I wonder why so many have taken their own lives in the last two years. Sarah Hannah was barely 40 when she leaped off the roof of a building; a superb posthumous poem of hers was selected for BAP 2009. And last summer my old friend Tom Disch shot himself to death on the 4th of July. What terrible suffering went into these deaths. And how cruel for the survivors.

I agree, beautiful. I miss William Meredith, he was so kind to me at St. Mary's College. Thank you, Laura.

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