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September 18, 2011


Nice post. You get at, very accurately, what many of us feel is so addictive about poetry--"it taps into a hidden range of emotions and mentalities that are reserved solely for it."

One reason why you fit in so well at Toad Hall is that half the time, we forget the soap too, so we don't notice it on other people.

It was such a pleasure to watch you unfold, Damon, and allow yourself to be immersed in the place where your poems come from. I remember the first time I spent days in the company of real writers-- I came away with a sense of having been given permission to live in the world in the way that felt best for me. And that I was not alone.

Welcome, fellow poet.

How perfect an explanation about why we do what we love. Energy is supplied when we get all the cells of the body on board to make something that didnt exist before...That's why it's divine work and why would we want to do any other kind of work.Thanks Damon.

Thanks, Terence.


Thank you, Leslie. You said it exactly.

Thank you, Grace.

Great post, Damon! I would love to read more from you. You've articulated something I never thought about before, and it really resonated. Keep writing!

Thank you, Maria. And (I can't resist) I'll be here all week ; )

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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