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September 18, 2022


Last line is the killer line!
Great poem!

Tears came in the first lines and all the way through

Always hunting for what is “I am”. We begin with “will become” knowing always that one day the tense will change to the past . Another great poem, Terence.

Doug: Thanks for the comment.

Terrific poem in the spirit of the great poet Joe Wenderoth's writing after. Wenderoth "intervenes" with nature. There's an ominous but intimate embracing spirit in the poem, and I love its lines cadences. Good pick Terence!

Don: Thanks for the comment.

Wow! Joe Wenderoth never disappoints. Terrifying use of extended metaphor. How the whimsical can become dark... I have been a fan since Letters To Wendy’s and The Holy Spirit Of Life: Essays Written For John Ashcroft’s Secret Self and most recently If I Don't Breathe How Do I Sleep. I write these titles because he seems shy (unlike most writers!) about listing his titles in his bio.

Terrific poem

but the very act of the poem says WE WILL GET THROUGH US.
And it gets through "us others" as well. Beautiful

Now that I've read this wonderful poem by the truly great Joe Wenderoth, I know I'll never be able to Un-read it. But do I really want to unread it--or just treasure it and its inescapabletruth?

After a night of vivid dreaming to wake up into the "other" world and read this, just perfect.

Like Denise, I've followed your work enthusiastically since "Letters to Wendy's," and I admire your sensibility and wit. I'm also (as you seem to be) a big fan of Henri Michaux. Your title is an invitation that turns into a surprising conmceit. And as others have observed, the last line is perfect. Bravo.

I too have been a follower of Joe Wenderoth since the brilliant "Letters to Wendy." I loved assigning selections to my "Food in Literature" students and seeing their delighted response. Thank you for posting "My Life." So powerful and memorable.

Stacey: Thanks for the comment.


The cool photo really adds to the poem . . .

the leisurely inexorableness of this has done me in.

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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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