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August 08, 2021


Stink indeed! Brilliant!

I found a mouse quite dead on my doorstep
this morning and in my inbox this poem
smelling. Thank you mouse and thank you
Robert for summoning the master of sexy
puke, the god-damned and organic Buke.

In love and poetry ( and near the cemetery)

Indran (known once as the Duke of Free Verse)

Yes all art is not pretty. Some of it is better.

Actually I knew his wife and his domestic life was quite sanitary

Hey, Grace, what a wild and fascinating comment, you fascinating woman you!
Terry et al, thanks. This poem sure reeks, but in a good (i.e. memorable) way.

P.S. This poem definitely has assigned me a task: mess around in a poem with the stinging/stinking echo chamber.

Tell us more, Grace!

Go for it, Clarinda!

Grace Cavalieri, Poet Laureate of the great state of Maryland, I adore you. What a fun comment.

Emily: I couldn't agree more.

Another great pick of the week. No limits on gardenias, stinks; no room for chagrine, cringing, or complaint; and no limits! Great Gabe Leonard ilustration of an apt quote. And let me join in the chorus of appreciation for Grace.

How marvelous that Robert McDowell could write so perceptively about something so different from his own photo! But if he should awaken at 2:00am in a similar mood sometime, I recommend that he tune in to Bill Bukowski, the overnight classical music host for WETA.

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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

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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