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January 28, 2014

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So true, Joy.
I'm hoping you will help spread the word about a new poetry venue, www.lightpoetrymagazine.com, now looking for readers and writers. Please help light verse go viral! Thanks,
Gail

Thanks, Joy, for giving me so much to think about! Poetry as a means of reworking despair. That one-word assignment resulting in your Mobius-strip-like poem "Impossible." I particularly like your definition of a poem as "one person's strangeness talking to a stranger's strangeness." There is something within us that can't speak, and your definition makes me think of how it strives anyway. Sometimes to be heard, against all odds!

Dear friend,
Ah-ha! But not entirely. I wish that, like The Writer's Almanac, your blogs could be recorded so that I could listen to them, again and again, on my nightly rounds. But then that is part of your "sometimes-disabling fear of verbal expression." But as I read you I do hear your voice.
Idiolect, indeed!
Tomas

I think poets' brains are wired similarly. Something about language and music turns up our neurotransmitters more so than in say, a scientist. Joy, I don't know you but it seems we have some similarities. I graduated from the New School, write poetry, taught nurses, edited a health care mag, and was a physician. I was dysgraphic as a child ( receiving my one C in handwriting) and my oldest son has an amplified version of my dysgraphia. Surgeons would tell me to hold the needle driver like a "normal person." (Lol) And verbal expression makes my thoughts pile up like a highway accident. I've followed this blog for years and this is the first I've commented on a post. Thank you for our "impossible" meeting and for the familiar assignment. My one word poem: Miss

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