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January 13, 2014

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another knockout poem by the master

But they killed Darren! Great poem, though. Vintage Winch.

SPOILER ALERT WILLIAM! (I know, I'll miss him.)

this is brilliant — each line better than the last until you start all over again.

To complement your RTE-TV viewing of the "Love/Hate" series, I recommend reading Adrian McKinty's "Troubles Trilogy" of novels about Belfast Catholic Detective Sean Duffy in the Protestant RUC: "The Cold Cold Ground," "I Hear the Sirens in the Street," and "In the Morning I'll Be Gone." Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, residing for a time in NYC and Denver, and now living in St. Kilda, Australia, McKinty is as good a crime novelist as there is today. While you're at it, also read Bernard MacLaverty's novel "Cal," which was turned into an excellent movie starring Helen Mirren and John Lynch. Also chase down "The Outsider," a movie released (I believe) in the late 1970s and almost impossible to find today, starring Craig Wasson and a sterling Sterling Hayden and directed by South Philadelphian Tony Luraschi. The last scene in it, involving a Detroit phone booth, will stick with you.

Terence Winch's poetry elicits only love, never hate, from discerning readers. His last three books of verse--"Falling Out of Bed in a Room with No Floor," "Lit from Below," and the newly published "This Way Out"--are compelling, and should be compulsory, reading for all. I especially enjoyed his poem "Application" (read it and learn why) in the new collection. It's further proof that Terence is among our finest poets.

Each line is a sharp surprise. If I could get out of this chair, I would. My bad. Sorry. Lines full of wisdom and delight. Terence Winch is the laureate of poets.

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THE RULE OF THUMB
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Ringfinger was nervous
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