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November 13, 2017


Dear Mr Hope, Please forgive this interruption. My friend Richard Bready [in Philadelphia] has just sent me this article. Very many thanks for your words. And I look forward to reading your poetry.
I'm specially moved to be speaking to you. Happy indeed that Native tradition thus continues to be intelligently expressed.
I knew your mother, Elizabeth 'Sister' Goodwin. And she was an inspiration to me. This was, I think, 1976. I own a copy of her book and it stands on my writing desk. I last saw her getting off the plane in Juneau. I was en route from Fbx. I believe she may have been carrying you. I would be happy to send you my just published book ['The Structure of Days Out'] if you could send a mailing address. With warm best wishes,
P.S. Through Elizabeth, I visited [her grandmother?] Frida Goodwin in Kotzebue, and spent a wonderfully memorable afternoon with her.
Tom Lowenstein

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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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