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November 28, 2011


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JMH, “To Dante Alighieri” in Overnight p. 37 is another wonderful -- and available -- Violi poem you might consider since it turns out that "Excess" has already been claimed. Another possibility: "Index."

Dear Jennifer. I am in love with this post. Much to chew on. As lovely as Dorothy's journal is, it's the poem we remember and usually is, yes? "The inward eye" the transforming power of the imagination. Ashbery's "The Instruction Manual" comes to mind. Also, the idea of "after images" that stay with us long after the spectacular feats (or feasts) of the ballet are over. "solitude can be tasty and what is most tasty about it is the opportunity for day dreaming wherein spiced heights of passion and tangential sour lows of gross revenge play out a thousand times." Indeed. Thank you.

Thanks Stacey -- means the world to me. And your additional notions now seem too important to leave out of the central discussion. Love the image of the dance recital being wonderful but alas forgettable until one or two moments when the dancers leap out of the ordinary and do something so lovely it imbeds itself in our mind's eye for an extraordinarily long time, as if they leapt right into our heads. As for feasts, my memory is already paring things down to the pecan pie with home-made whipped cream. xoxox Thanks again for writing. xoxo jmh

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