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June 12, 2022


It was the whiteness of the whale that above all things appalled me.

"everyone could see them
but themselves"

Brilliant. Mysterious and yet clear.

An intriguing, smart, uncanny, beautifully unfolding theory here by a poet whose work first thrilled me over forty years ago. I'm so happy to find him here on this site, and look forward to his forthcoming New and Selected! Here's to Terence and Jerome!

Don: thanks for the comment.

Wonderful poem!

Terrific poem. Thanks, both of you!
In color theory based on light, not pigment, white is the PRESENCE of all colors, not broken down prismatically to individual colors. Now wouldn’t that b great— sigh—

Clarinda---thanks for that comment.

I really like this poem. I can identify with it. What does that say, I wonder. Very good. I have always been interested in the alien side of the planet.

Here is a simple yet profound poem that summarizes a long history effortlessly. Their lack of color gives the whites an invisibility that allows them to conquer. But history brings change and the whites are eventually seen for what they are, though the whites themselves remain unchanged.

Brilliant Jerome, invisible ink, part of the substance of life, the parchment itself.

thank you for the revelation.


Indran Amirthanayagam,
Author Ten Thousand Steps Against the Tyrant

as always with jerome sala poems, my first reaction is 'wow' then 'how'd he do that?'

good to see a poem like this and esp. from a poet who is as terrific as Jerome Sala. thanks.

Well that pretty much nails it! Thanks, Jerome and Terence.

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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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