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January 23, 2015


Ok Bob, I understand that I am a user. I try to have respect for languages, and I guess I do need to learn what language really is (and it ain't Alice and Jerry [sort of continuing a comment on another list if yours] --not a good position for a poet to be in. Fan #1 is feeling a little bit useless and irrelevant --I need to give further thought (and this is one of my problems Bob, a little too much thought) to these sculptures I make out of words --I remember teaching in Art and Design,reminding students which should, (if it doesn't) included teachers that work had multiple sides, that a back should be made --even using paper,--the mediums is at least 3-dimensional, so making should consider multiple sides! --try to make for all parts of display, including the "wrong" side! --say the work were displayed incorrectly, what still could,be gleaned from it? --that's some of the essence I, a user, glean from your call to action --I have to make poetry more than it's been for me; I have to recall what drew me to poetry in the first place --why "poetry" and not just prose? I've considered poefry, a seeking of rhythms in expression more of my natural means of sculpting --and I so doing, I'm considering bottoms, tops, reverse, as many modes of presentation that I can think of, turning things on this heads, viewing them backwards, translating from languages I don't know, but from which appearance is suggestive, writing what those strange alphabets make me feel! --for there is meaning in feeling, and I do feel "poems" (in my case, I feel "poams" --products of acts of making --and I think that you include "poams" in what you're saying (please correct me if I'm wrong) --protector of what is made by anyone or anything! --not passing judgments on these makers, perhaps a reason I've tried to value mistakes made in writing, as opportunities,to seek other meanings (other languages, perhaps? --you've given me more homework, Bob.. Funny what you say; I have put myself in a situation where English is useless; I'm begining to learn Cherokee --not endangered, but I don't know it, and Cherokee doesn't even look like English, and that's a good thing --will,let to know wha comes of these efforts. Essence of humanity! --I'm with you there, but I have to with you in more than just lip-service. Immersion in Cherokee --my father would love that... Oh well, I ca explain that another time, and ideally in Cherokee.

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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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