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January 02, 2022


What wonderful compression and lyricism in this poem, with each line crafted yet natural, delivered in how we speak when alert and blessed with the art of song. Each line of the poem is a new opening as we feast on its surprises moving slowly vertically down through it. I didn't know Megan's work before I read this and now I'm going to look for more. Glad you presented this, Terence.

Tear off the mask. Wipe the honey off the words. Speak. Thank you for this portrait. Hope to read more of your poems Megan. Yours, Indran Amirthanayagam(Editor, The Beltway Poetry Quarerly)

Fabulously honest! Bold narrative with great stanza breaks and line breaks doing double duty.

Megan is my new poetry bitch. Said lovingly.

Once I hugged (then US POET LAUREATE) Kay Ryan and I was talking and we were hugging and she moved her head quickly and I bit her ear by accident.
The LOC photographer caught this action.
I wonder how much he wants for it.
She hurried on stage with some red on her ear. To this day I hope it was lipstick.

Don: a perfect take. Thank you.

An astounding poem with some powerful imagery and honesty. Thanks for posting this, Terence.

another great choice terence, Megan's poem is perfection

Howard: Thanks for your comment.

MDL: Happy you think so.

I love this poem I would marry it. Straight down the RC aisle. With Farther Casciotti's blessing, I'll bet.

I meant "so much that. . . ." I was too hot with blushes and passion to control my fingers.

"Spun it as if cameras
were rolling, an image he could beat
off to instead of curse. Said,"

Megan is so amazing! I love this.

Beautifully heartbreaking and a feeling I’m sure sooo many queer women like me have felt. So many haunting images

Straight as a wedding aisle! Only a decade! So obsessed with Megan, always.

I agree with Grace. And speaking of grace, this has it, and hope too, unlike the poem by Ron Filliman last week, but that was an exception, to be honest, in general, love these poets, these pests, so thank you, basically.

I'll just say at my advanced age: Thanks to a few powerful lines, I'm learning about life.

Powerful even before the twist at the end. Thank you, Megan Falley!

Great stuff

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on when I
left the house
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of coming back
ten hours later
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