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April 10, 2022

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Beautiful and stirring -- thank you Minnie... and Terence.

"a place for the boat to land where the clock / doesn’t tick" this stunning phrase captures the world created in this lyric. Thanks for showing this to us Terence!

This is very beautiful

Oh Minnie Bruce Pratt, my friend so long ago. I am transformed to read you again--
such an important part of my canon. Welcome back to my consciousness.

so quietly impactful, poignantly precise

Taps right into my felt sense.


Don---thanks for the comment.


Thank you, Jack.

Lovely!

Nicely folded flesh.

So very beautiful and comforting. Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of the death of Steve Davitt, love of my life. The priest read his name as “David” at his memorial mass. I was dismayed but I could hear Steve laughing out loud. Sorry to digress. Pratt’s poem speaks to my heart. Take comfort wherever you can.

What a magnificent love poem! Minnie Bruce Pratt is a trailblazer--I remember reading S/he and Crimes Against Nature at a pivotal time in my own writing and they opened my eyes as to the possibilities of feminist memoir.

A chilling, arresting tender exploration of the complexities of intimacy

"This day's pall" suggests the dark cloth cover on a coffin. Can one then imagine that the bed as a boat that carries the couple through the death of each night alludes lightly to Charon's ferry on the River Styx? It is the everyday reality of the cardboard boxes and dealing with their contents that seems to turn the boat around to the peace and beauty of the concluding lines with their lovely rhyme.

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