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January 31, 2021


Another great poem. Well done, Terence.

Thank you, mo chara

Good man, Casey!

Whoa, the man's got it. What "it" is I've never been able to resolve. And, as he might say – in fact, has – I hope I never will.

This is just so beautiful. To do something that smart and clever and formally playful that still packs a big emotional hit--it's pretty inspiring to me, writing my little poems here--heh heh. In my imaginary lit class, I would say, Ron Padgett in this poem found a way to traverse centuries and miles by arranging words in unexpected ways that make you stop and start again, and then start again and stop again, so that you get so much closer to how a person experiences the past in the present than most writers can do, with their conventional formal arrangements. And then I'd say, For next week, please compare the method to that of Walt Whitman's "The Sleepers," because, you know, he was also a whiz at that kind of thing. (I still think like a teacher, even when I'm still in the emotional thrall of a poem.)

Great comment. Thanks, Bernard.

Ron Padgett has always been a hero in my heart.

On, Spot, on!

I love the whackiness of this poem. It makes total sense in a world I wish to inhabit.

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