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November 19, 2022


this poem is a knockout

What a brilliant poem! Love it.

Tony Hoagland accepted for publication one of my first poems and he was so kind and gentle and supportive of me.

I absolutely love this poem! It captures so much. It is pitch perfect.

Tony, the one and only.

I love this poem. The line “a suitcase full of small talk” is so definitive.

Thanks, Ei. Glad you liked it. Tony Hoagland was a fantastic poet.

I agree with Lally. The poem's a knockout!

Thank you for printing this. He probably wrote something I wouldn't like, but I haven't seen it yet. A shame he's gone, but what a treasure trove he left!

Thanks for the comment. I agree with you completely.

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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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of the bedroom
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