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May 22, 2022


Whether in Mongolia (boy riding wild horse) or in Manhattan (The duck hangs whole/ in the restaurant window), Sally Wen Mao captures our human nature when she writes "We believe it is whole." The "it" can be so many things, yes?

I love the great turns in this poem and the great attention to the world the speaker occupies, the work’s social quality.

And Terence, the 100th poem! Humongous thanks for these pleasures!

Thanks for the comment, Prof. Berger

Terrific poem & art. What an eye you have, Mr. Winch.

Well, thank you, David.


Wonderful, powerful poem. Thank you.

This striking, surprising poem seems to attack our supposed inviolacy. From the dangers lurking in waters, the poet escapes to the dry land of endless sod. But this solidity will not do; we need a place where we can break apart.

"Great doubts, deep wisdom....small doubts little wisdom." Tenebrous, tucked, trifling, tricked, troubled, titanic, tangential, tiny, timorous, tinkling monologue. Implications become verifications: water finds its own depth, its path apparently flowing down neurons, still only cloaked will on display.

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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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