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July 04, 2021

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Excellent tribute to our forefather of words. Michael's poem spot on! And tenderly beautiful.

A beautiful post -- poem, Alex Katz's great portrait, and Michael's wedding. Ted's poem is the authentic "yes [that this] basically reserved Irish Catholic American Providence Rhode Island New Englander is able to manage."


Thanks, David. Glad you liked it.


Thanks, Maureen.

wonderful post Terence and humbling to be a part of it...part of the brilliance of Ted's poem to me is his using and/or reworking lines of mine from some early poems (like what David quotes from it) as well as from a letter I'd written to him proselytizing about my new sexual perspective on what I thought everyone should agree with me about. He turns my words and his into such a powerful statement about himself as well as me, as insightful as anything I ever wrote or anyone else I can think of...


Michael: I'm glad you like the post. It's good to get your take on the poem's genesis.

Wonderful poem, Michael, thank you. Brings Ted back for me. I have his picture (taken at the Naropa Institute in 1980) on my wall.

Enjoyed this greatly. Also dug "[a] basically reserved Irish Catholic American Providence Rhode
Island New Englander"--could be shifted west, re-placed, describe so many I knew...

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