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September 29, 2013


Thanks, Doug. It's all your fault.

Poetry speaks to all of us in a special way. Jamie MacInnis poems are true and wonderful.

Thanks for this. For some reason I seem to recall her being close friends with Jane Bliss Nodlund, but I could be mixed up..

Thanks, Susie. But who is Jane Bliss Nodlund?

Thank u so much for this. I've always been so curious about her & what her poems were like. What a sweet surprise. L, Dana

Thanks, Dana. It's actually a nice surprise to me that you were even aware of her.

I'm joining the chorus. (Or should I be joining the choir?) This is a truly graceful piece, a lovely think. Was it Ezra Pound who said, "Art must make the difficult seem easy." That's what you do, Terence.

Bill: Same to you, only double, as my friend Will would say.

For those of us who knew Jamie Macinnis in San Francisco in the 1980s, she remains a star. Her style seemed effortless, and probably was. The telling remark, in a poem quoted here, about the damage drugs do to dreams, is an example of how simply such devastation can be described, and was understood by her. That she may still be alive is a wonder.

Thanks, Lewis, and thanks too for your book. I just got off the phone with the librarian at the Jamie A. MacInnis Memorial Library at the Art Institute of California-San Francisco, having called there wondering if somehow Jamie had wound up as a librarian. But it seems that "Jamie A. MacInnis" (also a poet) died in 2007 at ca. age 50, so they are not connected. How many SF poets named Jamie MacInnis could there be?

Thanks Terence for this excellent post and dialogue--there is jazz to spare and then some.

Lovely weave of words and pictures, Terry. Thanks as always.

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"After You've Gone"
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as I enter
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