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January 10, 2013


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Jeez Louise (another Americanism I love): "little nervous miracles"! Don, thank you. Your posts are dense and thoughtful and lettered. If there's a quiet in the comments from time to time, I'm sure it's only that others, like I, need to save them each day till the day quiets itself, till there's something interior in the self to read you with. SO glad you're back here blogging again, launching us into the new year.

I love Schwartz's line. And the word itself. Sometimes Stacey and I will be watching a movie or TV show and one will turn to the other and say "Sure" in just the tone Schwartz implied. Thank you, Don.

PS There's a lovely stanza in Kenneth Koch's "The Railway Stationery" that ends with the encounter of a letter writer and a postman. I like the beautiful American word as it shows up here. "'Hello, Jim.' 'Hello, there, Bill.' / 'I've got this -- can you take it?' 'Sure, I will!'"

Thank you so much, Jenny and David! I say "sure"a lot, too - is it vanishing, though? (Then again, I often say "okie dokie," which I think Delmore seldom did. And I've been known to say "soitenly," alluding to another great American wordsmith, but that's a whole 'nuther story.)

Cheers to you both!

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