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July 10, 2013


I'm definitely enjoying this week's posts. Regarding the first two, as a poet, editor, computer engineer and entrepreneur I've always been interested in the relationships between poet and career when the latter is non-obvious. I must add to that delightful catalogue Léopold Senghor, a great poet who also served as the first president of Senegal. That will take some beating, I think.

Anyway John Foy has now turned to another topic of deep, and even primary fascination for me in poetry: the role of Eros. I've always felt that the greatest poetry should join with the ecstatic, summiting the religious or the sexual urge. As an agnostic, I plump for the later. It's brilliant that this article pulls in my favorite writer on poetry, bar none: Robert Graves. I'm devoted to his lunatic ideas, even as I disbelieve half of them, but I do maintain that one of the areas where you can't fault the substance of his thinking is where Eros intersects Erato (and the other Muses.)

--Uche Ogbuji, Editor at

Ah, Robert Graves. When he is good, he is very, very good, and sometimes he can "hurt [one] into poetry": "However, woman is not a poet; she is either a muse or she is nothing." Sing it, Roberto.

John, your posts this week have been terrific. Bravo! Complimenti!

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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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