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January 04, 2022


I was confounded when Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize in Literature. I am ecstatic over the great Louise Gluck's Nobel in 2020. I will be totally thrilled when the great Joyce Carol Oates wins her Nobel Prize in Literature.

Thank you for posting this fierce, fearless, honest poem. Thank you, Ms. Oates. You have given me (and so many others) years of inspiration.

thank you for posting this. I have read it in a state of suspended horror. though the experience was "mine"--- yet--- it seemed to take place outside me, & then it expelled me. I am totally stunned to see these words transcribing the indescribable as if, finally, it was describable; but it was not. not even poetry. no.
Joyce Carol Oates

Of course, Emily Dickinson wrote from extreme, out-of-body dimensions of suffering and grief. And, musically, there is the one-and-only "Chaconne," Partita No. 2, BWV 1004, by J.S. Bach, especially as performed by Hilary Hahn.

Thank you, Ms. Oates. My heart goes out to you.

Dear Joyce, all your writing is contained in this poem. The last stanza just flies away - and yet is so close to home. Brava.
Caroline Seebohm

A moving & beautifully terrifying poem.

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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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