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June 28, 2011


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I'm glad you featured Jim's work, Laura. I've gotten to know him via Facebook and I'm impressed by the range of his work, as well as how good and kind a person he is. He's got that fire to do well as a poet, but is completely devoid of snark and unkindness in every conversation he has.

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ms. Orem!!

Thanks, Laura. I like the poems & will look for more by him.

Yes you have introduced me to a new fresh mouth.Cannot wait to hear more out of it.

Reading Jim's poem, The Disease, was a very lovely moment in my afternoon, of avoiding dishes, bill paying, and other such niceties of the daily grind. I would much rather find myself unexpectedly laughing out loud than just about anything. So, good work Mr. Valvis. You helped me achieve my number one goal for my day: surprise. I can go forward now, happy.

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"After You've Gone"
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as I enter
in the dark

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