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July 10, 2022


This poem stings, but in a very good way!

"Do not trust cocoons.

That’s the lesson of this poem.

Or this: Luck is beautiful."

"Both men were sick and neglected." This is the line that stopped me in my tracks. Doesn't it say everything.

Wow--what a smart and compassionate and metaphorically apt poem!!

THis is an excellent poem! It captures a knotty and complicated social issue in symbols that are both deep and literal. Bravo, Sherman Alexi and Terence Winch.

“Black knots and buzzing fists” of neglect. The tension that slowly builds.

alexie does it again, puts into words what so many of us feel but didn't know how to express before he showed us how

Jack---thanks for the comment.

Great poem ❤️

Brilliant display of formal mastery from the guest editor of "The Best American Poetry 2015."

I’m Stung and stunned.
I can’t unsee this poem or unhear it.

Love this. Amazing painting!

Love this poem--so many layers to explore!

Congratulations. And it reminded me of your book You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.e

"Grief is as dangerous and unpredictable as a twenty-pound nest of wasps."

Isn't it just?

The father and the son in the house next door are now both living ghosts, haunting those of us who acquiesced in gentrification -- to cite just one lesson to be learned from this marvelous multi-faceted poem.

Absolutely perfect combo of poem and art! Chills and wisdom haunt their combination.

Damn, he’s good. I’m currently reading his story collection, Ten Little Indians. Every so often have to put the book down to absorb and ponder on some part of it.

Beautiful and moving. I am a great fan of Sherman Alexi's. Thanks.


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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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