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February 13, 2022


Elaine Feeney is just brilliant!

How wonderful. The expectation. The playfulness. "Playing dress-ups." The child survives in the artist.

Our dresses do wear us. We do become our dresses. I love seeing this phenomenon in a poem, and a lovely one at that. It is preserving dresses that we no longer wear.

What a beautiful song, that moves way beyond simple description into the mythical world of the speaker growing into the dress. And what a great ear for the line, in a genuine language.



With the help of the dress, the poem seems to be an expression of joy and wonder at the beauty of her body, including even her charcoal eyes, somewhat removed from her dress.

Beautiful! So well embodies so much. And it makes me grieve the dress I gave to the goodwill after I had turned into it.

We’ll = well

Startlingly excellent!

Lovely poem-- and painting!

David: thanks. I was hoping someone would notice the painting.

Wonderful poem.

The Camouflage Uniform to The Red Dress

Enduring endless savage strikes,
My coat of many colors bleeds,
Stigmata from the cruel spikes,
And so the inevitable proceeds.

Red dress soaked in love benign,
Knows more than you might guess,
Born of nights close to divine,
Second skin for your heart's caress.

The stage of war or love will remain,
An enigma to all who care and give,
A dress, a uniform carry pain's stains,
Lover or foe must live to forgive.

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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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