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October 31, 2012

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Jenny, a lovely tribute. I can see her at work with the kids; I'd love to have that memory. The Stephen Crane poem reminds me of Robert Graves' intro to THE WHITE GODDESS, where he describes that eerie moment in a clearing in the forest, when you suddenly sense the goddess has just been there ... Happy Halloween. (I love bats flying in front of the moon!)

Jim, thank you so much! She was all that! And more. I was so lucky to have her powerful imprint on my childhood, not to mention the early instruction we all received in verseform, and her smarts about not having us 'read young'. she believed children loved to listen into what was almost just beyond them. I will have to look up the Robert Graves. I know that I think of the poem moment, when it feels a certain way, as the 'moment in the forest.'' The draft's words are like breadcrumbs to get back there....but only a disappearing and disposable path. Are you well?

Jenny, I'm doing well, thanks, and would guess you are the same after that wonderful post. Just to have your head elsewhere than the political rants of this so-called campaign is a triumph! I'm going to do a week of BAP blogging starting Nov 26; really looking forward to it.
Stay well, dear J.

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"After You've Gone"
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