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August 12, 2014


I love this. First the initial paragraph referencing the connection between poetry and holiness. Next her personal story of poetry. This is very gratifying to someone like myself who has just been writing for a few years. I'm getting hooked on Janet's writing, as it is so often rich with insight and beautiful meaning.

The things of our loved ones' lives. We hardly notice them until they're all we have left. Then, the physical and emotional space they take up can grow unbearable. Janet R. Kirchheimer's exquisite writing makes us feel that, whether we've kept our loved ones' "toolboxes," passed them down, or given them away, in poetry they will never be lost to us, nor will those whose stories they tell.

Sally Lipton Derringer

Thank you Chaya for your comments. It means so much to me that you are getting hooked on my writing.

Sally, thank you for your comments. Yes, the things of our loved ones take on more meaning after they are gone. My father has given me an amazing toolbox filled with much wisdom, love and kindness.

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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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