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February 15, 2012

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I love the "Memory Test." Brilliant. I've wondered why I get hung up when trying to memorize poems (by others) that I love. I've always assumed it's because there's something wrong w/me and not the poem (and that's probably true when it comes to Tintern Abbey, which I tried to memorize during a period when I was taking many long solo trips). But it makes a lot of sense as a means to test one's own work. Several steps beyond reading aloud.
Great interview and "Rhymes" is terrific.
Thanks.

I agree with Stacey about "Rhymes." It does what it says. It has that red yellow orange and old black magic. -- DL

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