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May 01, 2022

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Well, I knew the name but not his words. Especially since he speaks of "The Garden State," I'm happy to be acquainted with his wisdom. Robert Pinsky and I feel it is a very good state for poetry.

as usual, north's wit and insight make this piece seem both familiar and unique simultaneously

Such wit! I love this poem.

Always a pleasure to read "true North." Wallace Stevens's statement ("Reality is not what it is. It consists of the many realities it can be made into") was paraphrased by, of all people, Ronald Reagan, whose affinity for Stevens paralleled Clinton's for "Leaves of Grass."

Wonderful, witty poem!

Good one!

Enjoyed the humor and wit.

Fine fresh original poem! NOW I’m certain of New Jersey’s philosophy!

I'm searching for a poem underneath a peeling sycamore right now. But all I'm finding are last year's brown leaves.

Brilliant. Love it.

Charles North, you’ve captured in your poem what I’ve known all along: poetry is every thing and every thing is poetry! Poetry is you and you are poetry!

This clever and engaging prose poem, from beginning to end, corrects a series of mistaken notions. It suggests to me that a philosophy of New Jersey might also be that it is not the place it seems to be but is rather all that it could be if it did not have to be so close to New York.

What wit and charm!

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