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January 27, 2014


I believe that everyone has a sense of place in their heart-of-hearts, whether it is a centuries old family home, a vacation spot, where someone first kissed them, or where their poet soul was born. I feel as though I have had my first meeting with Joy, and it was wonderful.

Thank you, Joy, for this gorgeously written, emotional, and mesmerizing piece on New Mexico. It brought back memories of another sort altogether for me. When I was at Christopher Columbus Elementary School, each student was asked by the teacher to stick her/his hand into a fishbowl and pull out a little piece of paper with a state's name on it. The student then had to do a thorough report on the chosen state. I selected -- tada -- New Mexico! I really had no idea, but accumulated all these sublime photos of Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque, Carlsbad Caverns, etc. I was transported and felt this faraway place to be so peaceful and magical. Joy, you have reminded me of those feelings and I thank you so much.

wow what a rich capturing of the beauty of New Mexico. I live here and feel like I saw more clearly what surrounds me

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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

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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