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October 24, 2021

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Great poem.

"There the word father is the same as the word for listen." Wonderful line in an arresting poem.

I am a big fan of Reginald Dwayne Betts. I’m so glad you made him your pick and this is a fantastic poem to feature!


Thanks, Abbie. I'm glad you liked it.

What an amazing poem, thank you for writing it and for posting it.

Love this poem. Strong and a bit wistful. This poem had me remembering my own father who was a great listener.

Sometimes a poem is more than a poem. A prayer, a prophesy, a light.

Betts is a favorite of mine. Thanks for posting this beauty.


Thanks back to you, Clarinda.

Betts is a genius. This poem manages to be intensely personal and yet it lets you into some secrets about the world; not just his world. Thanks for sharing.


Eileen: glad you liked it.

What a terrific poem, packed with surprising detail, urgent. I love how conversational the language is while all along the poem stays set in a musical measure that doesn't distract, impede, and the words run forward.

When the poet holds his little son in his arms, he can now speak of his father's leaving. I think that he "speaks on it" directly to his dead father and indirectly through naming his son after his father. This two-fold speaking is his prayer that his father will be a listener, but he knows that won't happen, and we share his sorrow.

Mr. Betts' "Million Book Project" is an absolute act of heroism. Object: get as many books to prisoners as possible/expand that idea eventually toward a pedagogy. This guy is a force of nature.

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