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July 08, 2023


Catechism !

I think whenever I hear a rooster crow, I will remember this magnificent poem!

This is such a lovely poem, coming in the very week the Washington Post ran this essay by Celeste Lecesne: The essay made me look up the film short "Trevor," which I found on YouTube: I can see why it won an Academy Award. We must be aware of what our youth are going through. Eighth grade is a particularly important year. And this poem beautifully shows us why.

Liked it a lot. The third line from the end really got me, plus the rooster. Thanks.

Terrific poem! I think of the phrase about the faith in which I was raised--If that Catholic Church has you until five, it has you for life.

Haunting imagery! Long life Queen and all queens...

Jim, (and Terence)--What a brilliant poem! Ah, love to dad for loving Freddie because Freddie was free, and mad love to you for your grand poetry! Write on! Bill Nevins

The slow, deliberate revelation of queerness in this poem is powerful. It feels like the poem itself is slowly coming out to the reader. Great work!


Thanks for showing us this one Terence, which I like for its sentential structure, its lines that breathe as naturally spoken sentences, its rhythmic ease.

Just read this. I’m a straight 84 year old female but this 8th grader is me

Great introduction for me to Jim's work. I'll look for more!

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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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