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July 24, 2022


beautiful selection terence, mark wunderlich has a new fan

What a stunning beauty from the great Mark Wunderlich. Bravo!

Thank you, Terence, for this fine selection and presentation.

A supple and essential string of confirmations here, leading the reader to want to pause and add their own sequel. Glad to find this on Terence's great Sunday site.

I feel and think I "understand" this proposition somewhere in the flow of blood through the sluice gates of the mind. Thank you poet of wonder, Poet beyond the prison of reason.

Take Care


Indran Amirthanayagam
Co-publisher, Beltway Editions (

Wunderlich's poem is Wunderbar

Michael: Thanks for the comment.

Don: thanks for the comment.

Emily:  Thanks for your comment.

That Mark Wunderlich makes each repetition of “that” singular and special in his poem is obvious. That Wunderlich is a wonder of style and perspicacity is equally obvious. That “Proposition” is another home run choice of a poem by Terence Winch is no less obvious. That I used the clichéd adjective “home run” in deference to the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony today (July 24) in Cooperstown is not obvious but true. That Buck O’Neil and Bud Fowler were long overdue in being enshrined is wincingly obvious. That I plan to purchase Wunderlich’s GOD OF NOTHINGNESS today is joyously obvious. That Terence Winch keeps finding these marvelously apt paintings for his poem selections is obvious ... and perhaps occult. That my own repetition of “that” pays poor homage to Wunderlich’s inimitable skill at it should be, to all, obvious. Q.E.D.

Earle: great comment. Thanks. (Glad you liked the painting.)

Love everything about this poem. The accompanying art selections are terrific.

Declarations that shine in the dark!

Eileen: glad you liked it.

This is a song I need to sing. Btw I am
Forwarding it to a German friend of mine who may love it or not. No matter; I love it!

That I, too, am sometimes resting in cow manure
Given so lovingly by fellow bovines

Rilke wrote, “That I gently wipe away the look of suffered injustice sometimes hinders the pure motion of spirits a little.”

That there are such things as “spirits.”

This poem "Proposition" reminds me of the songs and Red Hand Files comments by Nick Cave, which I also admire and love. However Mark W has his own voice and approach. I would say he and Cave are proper colleagues.

This is my first taste of Mark W's work and I will be reading more, of course.
Thanks, Terence!

Bill: you're welcome, mo chara.

My first reading of this entrancing poem surprised me, with line after line that I easily understood. The words "we all know" in the last line seem to describe almost all the lines above. At the same time, so much is covered: our senses and feelings, our experience of music and speech, our spiritual values, all treated with a simplicity that is captivating.

Mr. Wunderlich's approach to disquisition is classic existentialism. He deliberately sways over the abyss resolving nothing, which of course is the point.

“He was free, free in every way, free to behave like a fool or a machine, free to accept, free to refuse, free to equivocate; to marry, to give up the game, to drag this death weight about with him for years to come. He could do what he liked, no one had the right to advise him, there would be for him no Good or Evil unless he thought them into being.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

Excellent. Delivers an impact.

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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

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