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May 30, 2021


Fascinating; Joan seems almost binary here, never reaching female puberty. I love learning things from poems and fiction! The specific places, age, and dates create a wonderful immediacy here. Thanks, both of you. Oh, and of course Joan.

Clarinda---thanks for the comment.

It's been ages since I have read Eileen Myles so this was a treat

A remarkable poem about a woman who is an inexhaustible source for poetry. I heard about a lawyer who studied everything he could about Joan's trial. I don't know if it is right to include a poem here, but in honor of May 30, here's the link to the poem I wrote.

Thanks, Anne, for your comment and your own excellent poem.

Restrained and beautiful

another knockout by one of the champs of poetry, thanks again terence for an excellent choice and eileen for writing another poem so engagingly enlightening I was so delighted by the result I didn't even notice I left the poem more knowledgable than I entered it, let alone more entertained...

I learned a lot from this brilliant perspective on Joan of Arc!

Thank, mo chara, for that comment.

Brilliant eye opening poem on a subject we perhaps dare not look too closely at--the murder of women in Europe (and America) over centuries for the crime of being women. And there is much more, of course, to this poem.
Thanks, Eileen, and thanks, Terence!

Bill---excellent point. Thanks for the comment.

The image of the dove is so important in this stirring poem, suggesting perhaps the innocence of Joan and her peace amid great trial. In the biblical story of Noah, the dove signals an earth free of past evils and ready to renew a fully transformed life. Please pardon me for now thinking of our heroine as Joan of Ark.

Thanks, Peter. I've actually heard that some evangelicals think
Noah and Joan of Arc were married.

Thanks, Peter. I've actually heard that some evangelicals think - totally agree

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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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