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May 21, 2023

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A butterfly on the bayonet is too brilliant for words.

Arresting imagery !! thanks !!

A brilliant poem on a subject usually inviting formula, cliche, facile sentimentality. This poem is remarkably free of all that, miraculously. I’m happy you’ve found and have shown this poem Terence, and J Tarwood you’ve treated us to high art!


Don: Thanks for the comment.

Yeah been there done that but never wrote about it so brilliantly. Bravo! Hope China is treating you well

J. You’ve done it again— taken my breath away. I find it extremely apt that Terence Winch selected a poem of yours; you two are THE most original boxes in poetry today. Note to all: brickhousebooks Inc has published several of J.Tarwood's collections; a new one is at press right now.

J Tarwood and Terence Winch are the two most original voices in poetry today. Period. Btw—J. Tarwood’s latest is coming out from BrickHouse Books inc very soon!


Thanks, Clarinda.

That football game before Verdun--how great it was ever done.
The divorce really had a truce--overnight, like a dream of her trousseau?
Can there be such a pause in divorce? Of course.

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