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December 19, 2021


You give us a grand and hilarious voyage Karyna. Thank you for the poem and thank you Terence for sharing this treat.

I cannot resist inviting you to consider sending poems for The Beltway Poetry Quarterly? (

Take Care


Thanks for the comment, Indran.

What a delight to wake up to today. I love this poem--so alive, and its sense of line/gravitational rhythm exquisite. Thank you, Karyna and Terence.

a new addition to my favorite poems list...thank you karyna, and terence

Thanks, Micheál, for the comment.

Gerald: glad you liked it.

In truth?/ Her name was Jill. She wore/ athletic shorts & never spoke/ to me.

How I love this turn! And how it invites readers to remember their on Jills! Brilliant poem.

Brilliant poem.

Brilliant. I was tricked more than once
by a line break.
Excellent pick. Thanks for sharing!

Excellent poem and collage. Would love to see more of her collages.

This striking and absorbing poem joins together images that don't seem to fit together. Hostility is juxtaposed with strong affection and passionate desire. Perhaps the strongest expression off such contrast is in the name Miriam de Havilland, if she is the cruel Miriam played by Olivia de Havilland in Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. Yet such disdain is joined to the strong sexual desire of fantastic cohabitation and seas foaming at the mouth. These apparently conflicting images seem to be just glued together, as if the poet has here created another collage, this time one of words.

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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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