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September 26, 2021


Wanda speaks for us all in her colloquial musical inimitable voice

Shoulda, coulda, woulda--that's me in a nutshell. An excellent poem, perfectly encapsulating the frustrations of so many of us humans.

Love this poem. It’s so true for any one of us.

I shoulda waited till Monday morning to read this poem— instead it’s what I’ll Siena Sunday night with, reciting a list— thank you both for keeping me up all night or dreaming of what coulda been

Thanks, Clarinda. I guess we all have a version in our heads of Wanda's poem.

Love this poem

I love Wanda's underlying humor in this cascade of items/choices we can all relate to. I'm laughing in recognition.

This poem and its nostalgic, wistful question is as basic as bread and water, familiar as a kiss and the memory of the last time we said goodbye. Thanks.

I love this poem! Thank you!

I love the form and how Wanda breaks it at the end, dropping her casual fun tone after keeping us laughing as we moved
through all the big and small 'should haves.' I hope this poem is widely read.
It deserves to be. Cheers, Wanda!

A sight gag in the movie NOTTING HILL features a too-late-sober sailor leaving a tattoo parlor with two words engraved on his upper forearm: “No Regerts.” We all have “regerts” tattooed on our psyches and souls. We wouldn’t be human without these scars of wanting, failing, learning, and coming to often ill-fitted peace with them. Wanda Phipps’s sharply observed “Morning Poem #27” dangles clues and insights to remind us that regrets are the emotional emblems of self-doubt and second-guessing left by our pasts. Who among us hasn’t asked, at one time or another, “what if?” But regrets can also impart a hard-won wisdom. Consider this line from Cormac McCarthy’s NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN: “You never know what worse luck bad luck has saved you from.” This is a provocative, masterly poem from Wanda Phipps that will linger long in my mind.

If the author had stayed long ago right where she is now, as she wishes at the start of the poem, we would not have her words awakening echoes in our memories as we read her lines.

So simple... so true.... so inspirational for the rest of our days! Thank you for these words of wisdom, Wanda!

Wonderful poem!

one of my favorite humans and poets, wanda phipps poems always make me want to dance, either in delight or rhythmic transcendence of this one does too (see my blurb on the back of her latest collection: MIND HONEY

She speaks to me! Terrific. Thanks.

Thanks for all the great comments. I really appreciate it and most of all thanks to Terence Winch for choosing my poem!

Thanks for to you, Wanda, for that terrific poem.

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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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