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March 04, 2015


What a lovely commemoration of a poet gone too soon, one whose work was so well-described by David St. John and Bin Ramke.

I was very much struck by the way you write about Malinda's decision to take her own life: "I intuitively understood that she’d exhausted her options and could not go on." I think your respectful stance toward her battle with depression is the best gift we can give her memory. I wish more people allowed for the enormity of the cognitive exhaustion that marks major depression-- and the courage it takes to live with it day after day.

Lovely, Mari. Thank you.

Caitlin, I was thinking of you—all of us from our group—when I wrote it.

Thank you, Leslie. I always appreciate your empathy when it comes to issues related to mental/emotional "illness". So much complexity.

Thank you for this lovely memorial for Malinda Markham. Ever since
reading her first book "Ninety Five Nights of Listening" I was captivated.
She became my inspiration...above all others.

Just before my birthday on May 2, 2010 my husband wrote to her asking
if she would call me on that day. Early in the morning he brought me
the phone, saying someone wants to talk with you. It was Malinda.
I couldn't believe it! We had a lovely exchange. I continued to send
her emails to which she responded, one included a long message about
herself and her personal history. Reading about her suicide was a
shock and a sadness that I still feel.

Thank you, Peggy, for sharing your story about Malinda. I'm sure she benefited from her contact with you as much as you have from her poems and person. Warm wishes.

Thank you for remembering both the person and the poems. I, too, keep Malinda's books close at hand. And I keep memories of the person close as well.

Bin, thank you for your comment. I know Malinda valued her friendship with you very much. All my best.

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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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