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February 20, 2020

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This is wonderful, Mihaela, and what delight to read the tributes! Ilya's comment about cows kissing through windows, and Joan Larkin's especially. Oh, the songs! Wonderful memories of Jerry singing to us while Kevin was doing the sound checks at NEC in the great hall. May your song and our songs rise in harmony so that there might always be poetry. Happy 95th Jerry! - Lori Desrosiers

This is wonderful, Mihaela, and what delight to read the tributes! Ilya's comment about cows kissing through windows, and Joan Larkin's especially. Oh, the songs! Wonderful memories of Jerry singing to us while Kevin was doing the sound checks at NEC in the great hall. May your song and our songs rise in harmony so that there might always be poetry. Happy 95th Jerry! - Lori Desrosiers

A note about Jerry's singing and then another brief remembrance: Back in 1980 or 81, a number of us had participated in a reading (probably in Allentown)and on the way home, with Jerry driving, we self-assured and arrogant young folks were ragging about another poet's work. Then that lovely baritone voice breaking into, "Ac-centuate the positive, e-liminate the negative...." and we were properly and gently chastised. And then some time after that, my wife and I and our two young children paddled our canoe from Easton down the Delaware Canal and tied up unannounced at Jerry's place. He stopped whatever he was doing and fed us with sandwiches and beer and wonderful conversation. I've always admired his work, I but also appreciate these memories of his generous soul. Be well, old friend, be well. ---George Perreault

The greatest photograph of two young white poets in the history of U.S. poetry is the one of Gerald Stern and Jack Gilbert, walking towards the camera, all serious, on a street in Paris, in the 1950s. It's the cover of the Red Coal, Stern's top book.

That is a great photograph. It inspired me to write a poem called "The American Dream."-- DL

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