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February 19, 2023


What is “the job of the soul?” This beautiful poem reaches in places I’ve never traveled. Now I will. Thank you.

There should be jewelty and the sea will cry back. There is a wry wit breaking throughout these deeply moving lines. Thank you Sarah.

I like the repeated words, they are like the sponge, like the soul.
And I am alive with this weekly art.

This poem is beautiful.

I really, really like Sarah's poem. " It’s not so easy

to clean a soul" or a sea.

I've admired Sarah's poems for many years just as I find this one striking today, how the soul finds a sustained language, and a colloquial one at that--it's a poem whose thread forcefully travels such an impressive length without losing power or momentum. Thanks for finding it Terence.

the urgent present receives a fresh entry into Tonglen practice - receiving and sending.

Lovely poem, Sarah.

Totally moving in a surprisingly gut-punch kind of way. I really loved it.

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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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