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August 22, 2021

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There are also, as Nietzsche wrote, days and nights when dreams seem a lot more convincing and "real" than waking life. Thanks for the fine poem and beautiful well-chosen Picasso.

David:  Glad you liked it.

A group-sleep has its allure. But no one would get out of Afghanistan, no one would get vaccinated, no one would be ready for a hurricane. And yet, the beauty of it is breathtaking.

Oh how I wish I’d written this!!!!!!

The ache for oblivion is so deep and palpable here. It the curse to be awake or asleep and think we are awake. A mesmerizing poem.

Amazing!

Wonderful Picasso!

Oh, I love this whole reverie about everyone "sleeping" as we are also unconscious. Great lines--"I am the thorn, I am the spindle & I am the curse." Wonderful rewrite of a powerful tale.

The power of the fairy tale in the hands of the poet. Outstanding.

what beth said

Sleep is something I crave but not for a hundred years. This is a wonderful poem. I love it.

I am a huge NICK FLYNN fan. He is cool while being classic.
I interviewed him years ago when he was a Witter Bynner Fellow at the LOC, and I thought at that time I'd follow his star's dust anywhere. And here it is.

I'm rapt (not asleep) with admiration & pleasure

I find the language of this poem so simple, so direct, but the poem is so hard to understand. I think finally that the poet wants to induce sleep because it will lead to a great awakening, a rebirth of feeling -- or am I not awake enough to get the message?

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