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August 13, 2022


Kenward was indeed a generous person. I believe he was also the man behind "The Fund for Poetry," which sent out checks, anonymously, to many writers, myself among them.

In 1972, two years after moving to Calais, VT, I got a call that began, "You don't know me but my name is Kenward Elmslie..." I couldn't believe my ears. When I was a student at Columbia a few years previously, my friends on the Columbia Review were great admirers of Kenward, Joe Brainard, Ron Padgett et al. Now I found out that Kenward, Joe, and Ron all spent their summers just miles down the road. The reason Kenward called me was that he was presenting a local reading and was looking for someone to play the piano to accompany his poetry. I think it was Satie and Gershwin that I played. This was my introduction to this warm, witty, generous, unique man. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to have known him over the years.

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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"
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in the corner
of the bedroom
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