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January 30, 2022


Pallikoodam must be somewhere on the Southern Indian coast, near Chennai perhaps. Your poem brings me to that landscape which I knew shortly after the Towers fell, a new life for me then and yes, for once they were right. But your beautiful, restorative poem rebuilds a place with fine details, the rat in the rafter snapped. Thank you for the trip back.

Take Care

Indran Amirthanayagam
Editor, The Beltway Poetry Quarterly ( Do send us some poems, to [email protected]

Beautiful childhood memory. Thank you.

The body does not lie, for I have chills. The sweet beauty, and yet the rat. How brilliant. I'm sure her poetry could prevent Covid.
AND! happy to meet her.

I very much appreciate this poem's clarity and authentic voice--it manages very well to be autobiographical without straining too much for any distractingly fake lyric antics--in other words, it's not overly wrought, and in my friend's general words on the hyper-poetic, "hasn't spent too much time on the treadmill in the gym." A narrative like this one makes life richer.

beautifully done

Great title and then some.

Thank you for widening my world of poetry with your posts of these links!

Charlotte Boulay: Pick of the Week "Pallikoodam"

"A Song to a Child at Night-time" [Poem by Dylan Thomas, an @Ednaschoice Selection]

I will follow Edna and her Instagram posts!

Nice use of third-person singular in the poem. Favorite lines: "Every night / we tried to trap the rat / in the rafter." Kudos.

The tone combining wonder and matter of fact/ness is perfect. Thank you for this trip to another time (not very distant) and another place (very distant) is pitch perfect.

Wonderful evocation of a place and a time: a poem of real experience.

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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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