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October 14, 2019


Happy birthday, dear Richard! Let's all be reading you.

David M. Katz

Happy Birthday, Richard, it's been many years, and still, I often think of you--and your house of books. ❤️

David: Such a funny memory (from some years ago) of having lunch with you and Richard at a coffee shop just around the corner from his GV place... a lot of humorous discussion as to whether eating the pickle off someone else's plate was truly "transgressive." Richard raised one eyebrow: "There's transgression -- and then there's TRANSGRESSION!"

Dear Richard, you are one of the souls I am forever grateful to—your generosity and encouragement changed my life. Beyond the individual brilliance of your poems, you invented a mode of indelible dramatic monologue. There are crucial authors that I have seen only through your eyes (e.g., Cioran). With awe and love from Frank.

Thank you, Frank. My hope is that David Alexander will read your comment (and others') aloud to Richard. -- DL

Truly Poetry Headquarters for more than a few generations of poets who still read him. Thanks for being so alive, dear Richard.

Grace Schulman wrote . . .
For Richard, on His Birthday

Beloved artist, man of the letter,
Each birthday finds you better and better;

Poet admired for your candor,
As in "abstinence makes the heart meander;"

We praise you, without reservations,
And in form, Like Most Revelations,

For Trappings, Fellow Feelings, Damages --
Fear not, we won't go on with this.

Instead, we'll just raise high a toast
To Richard, whom we love the most.

Grace Schulman

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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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