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January 17, 2014


Simple brilliance. Every line deeply experienced and felt. Truth the way only Michael Lally can tell it! Amen, amen, amen (and a little woman)!

Right away Lal says:

"Parts of me are
Already dead"

But obviously his abiding talent is not.

You've always given us poetry that moves out into the world, Michael. It is amazing how you can thread a sense of community through such deeply personal work.

Beautiful. Nails it, for those of us left living.

One long breath of truth! I'm still "the kid," but the older I get.... Those last few lines like a motto we must repeat to keep on. Bravo!

The power and compassion of this voice is unmistakable. Thank you for this poem that speaks to that which is beyond space and time.
Phyllis Sherman Kahaney

Love this poem. A classic from Michael Lally.

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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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