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November 30, 2020

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Thank you for writing this.

Love this poem!

Save for a hollowed-out tree trunk, there would be
no place for the dead to reassemble their limbs....

So beautiful -

If not for the alphabet ...
So Beautiful!

Beautiul. So many layers of beauty and I love the anaphora - so appropriate for the times.

She got me on the very first line...I will be mulling that over for days.

Three thoughts came to my mind. One was the comment made by a Professor I had in college who was teaching a course on Hemingway and Faulkner. He said this " you don't read Hemingway and Faulker, you have to study them." Second thought that came to mind was the complex and in many ways personal Jazz played by John Coltrane later in his career. Third is what Dylan said during the most productive period of his life about the lyrics that came to him, never to be duplicated again. He could not explain it.

Merci beaucoup ma cherie
C'est tres magnifique comme toujours

I love the way the poem gyrates with metaphors that immediately make sense, and those that play with the logical mind, and make wonder. The simple "Save for a shovel, there might be no heaven,"and then the intricate connections to the white shoes of the girl earlier in the poem. The line drawn from bear furs and fire places to kohl. Like someone else here, I also responded to the hollowed-out tree trunk. Love the anaphora form, which in this case repeats one thing depending on another. Thank you !

Joanne’s poetry clearly skirts the human condition. She takes you on a magic carpet ride, you cant get off.
Let’s talk about fluid language, vivid imagination, political satire, suspense, a sudden surprise, that “saucepan of water in the dry grass” offering love. And all in that brazen first person I. A poem of beauty. Thanks.

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