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October 10, 2021


Beautiful image and memory. Thank you.

Beautiful and affecting.

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I love this woman

what a deliciously satisfying poem

This quiet poem awakens all the senses. Still feeling it. Thank you.

I can hear her father greeting the cows...hello lads. Thanks fo Grace Cavalieri for sharing the Jane Clarke’s story in her own lyrical voice. ❤️

Yes to what Beth Joselow wrote. Yes.

Loved this poem as well as the photo of the author and, of course, the cow.

Lovely poem and great to learn about bovine animal passports!

This poem's beautiful title moves into layers of a world the speaker sees and knows well, delivered through the richest song the ear folds around, making us want to live in this world or at least pretend we do--and last line's with has a great kick of surprise, a nice bookend to that title.

"pushed his wheelchair through the haggard,

up the yard to the sheds...."


Thanks much, Terence Patrick, for sending this.

PJC: I'm very glad you liked the poem.

Thank you all very much for the comments. Thanks also to Terence and I love the painting he chose to accompany the poem.

The interview with Grace Cavalieri was an absolute joy during my visit to Washington DC in 2019, courtesy of the Irish Arts organisation Solas Nua.

Now that all my travel is virtual, this poem is my trip back to my father's home in Ireland, haggard and all.

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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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