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April 09, 2023


So intense — but also musical. The emotional impact makes me want to stop to process the event but the rhythm and repetition keep me moving. LOVE this poem.

What remarkably great music inside this poem--such a blend of sorrow and supreme pleasure mixed in its refrains, in all the lines, in beautifully expressed thoughts like "Black car, small moon / in the back seat beer," and " what a fast car / invisible to the soul." Superb! What an ear for the line, and what intelligence in the message. I love how this song first reaches us through its sound, and then the sense quickly catches up, to create a magic I know I'll come back to while reading this poem many more times to come. Thanks for this Paul and thank you Terence for the wise choice.

Don: Thank you for the comment, my friend.

Great opening line, orchestrating the whole.

love it. It's a song!

How fast the car of time carries our souls. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

Before I even got to the words, the visuals held my heart. Then the frank, open, undecorated truth in words. The city's name as metaphor.
"Because I’ve forgotten the roads" = our fragility
"I know I will touch her clothing" = the mystery introduces a whole story to our imaginations, introducing a character offstage.
I am strengthened by this poem.
Terence, you keep producing pearls from that ship that sailed.

Beautiful poem, Paul. Thank you.

It sings to me. Alleluiah!

It's all about destination and we're headed for Danville. Beautiful poem. Gorgeous photo, too.

Grace: Thanks for tuning in. Always great to get your take.

A beautiful, soulful poem. Love it.

I love the way the repetition of certain phrases (black car, distant and lonely, Danville Ohio) create a stasis in contrast to the forward motion of the automobile, the way death always awaits no matter our movement through life.

Beautiful, like a Carter family song.

A really nice poem, Paul.
Been such a long time since we saw each other -- let's meet in Danville one day. :)

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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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