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November 20, 2022


Oh yes, a perfect poetic summation of our human (kind)
and the poem is so happy to be a part of this.

"This poem is totally normal
It teaches one how to live normally."
I've got to re-read it!
Quite a collage, too.

Thanks, Grace. Ray DiPalma was a good friend & poet who also made a lot of collages. He died in 2016 at age 72.

Love it! Meta-powered elevating reminds me of Bob Flanagan's "Fear of Poetry" -- thanx Kit and Terence!

delightful poem and artwork, thanks kit and ray, and for making it happen here: terence,

Kit rules!

Put one foot before another then turn around and do it again
and again. Then begin once more putting one foot in front
of its neighbor, in your back garden, across the fence
so he or she can see you stepping and will then copy
you, roger this, roger that, as will the next neighbor
down the line, until the whole community, subdivision,
gated or not gated, will be stepping in line
and forever in tune with the poem of Kit Robinson.

Thank you


Michael: Thanks for the comment.

Jack: Thanks for the comment.

This comment is amazing.

Bernard: No---it's extraordinary.

Well done Kit and Terence! Good to smile.

Thanks for the comment, Beth.

I agree: this poem is incredibly credible, as somme of our newscasters insist on saying of one report or another. The riddle of how the mind IS a poet whether it wants to be or not. I do say this poem constantly just by being a human critter and having thoughts that may occasionally be expressed in words but often not in words.

this poem, to be recalled in silence, somehow spoken in silence, even when the tintinnabulation or the tinnitus appears to interfere still we do hear: this poem

love the idea that this poem is like a vaccine!
Terrific piece, Kit!

This poem knocks it out of the park: going...going...gone!

This poem and drawing probably win the award for Best Comments.

A wonderful poem by a wonderful poet!

The ancestors, near the end of this fascinating poem, give us the interpretive clue we need: "Put one foot in front of the other." A foot is a means of walking through life, of living this life, but it is also an element of poetic rhythm. This double meaning of foot allows our life to be this poem. It is a life that goes from generation to generation, and can thus be termed immortal. The poet seems to reassure us about this approach through his compressing the two senses of foot in the lovely phrase "this poem of our life on earth."

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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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