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November 08, 2020


So strong and beautiful. I loved him. Thank you. I'll copy this for his daughter Amber who keeps the bond alive.
This is a thrilling presentation.
I guess he is with Harriet Mullen, then wife, acclaimed poet also.
What a rush of yesterday this is.

I read his work often, and hear it in my mind,in his deep voice. The man, in my experience, had more love than he had anger to give, and in any case always something to say that was worth hearing.

Thanks, Grace, and thanks for your essay on his work.

Thanks, Beth. I remember how much you liked him and his writing.

I would love to hear this read out loud

I agree--that would be great to hear. I have no idea what recordings of Ahmos's might be out there.

I agree--that would be great to hear. I have no idea what recordings of Ahmos's might be out there.

beautiful, kind, gracious, deep, thoughtful, generous friend, thanks for this post and remembrance....

Thanks, Michael. You could be describing yourself.

Powerful, powerful work. What a world we inhabit, sadly.

Tom---thanks for the comment.

Any time I can read anything about Ahmos, it's a joy. I met him in 1971 and received 25 letters (and a few poems) from him until 1976. I never forgot him and always will remember him as being kind, encouraging, brilliant. One of a kind. He believed in me as a writer and always urged me to pursue writing poetry. Today I wrote the first poem I've attempted in yrs and it's about him. What can I say? 2020 has me feeling reflective.

When I Google his name, I wish I could read more about Ahmos, but I'm thankful to those who keep his memory alive. I'll always remember Ahmos; he's worthy of every word of praise.

Connie---thanks so much for this response. I wonder if there's an archive

that would love to have those letters (or copies of them).

I hadn't thought of that, Terence, but I wouldn't mind sharing them. Ahmos was an amazing person and it saddens me that his impact/contributions get underplayed. He lived and breathed poetry....every letter would refer to it in some way. I'm so grateful to have known him.

Hello! Connie- I'd love to chat with you about these letters! Aside from being Ahmos' daughter, I am a historian and my specialty is arts and literary history.

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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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