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September 17, 2023


FANTASTIC POEM! Love the assertions here--and the sly narrative. Brava!

Yes.This is a full-length film with the poet as star of a powerful swag.

Fabulous, sassy, and spirited poem. Brava!


"i thanked the sky for the cold desert night, for cloaking my body/with layers. i emptied the table of its striped billiards &/

the boy who thought himself a man stripped down to a full moon,/cupped his manhood & i walked away

with his shit-talk in my pocket."

Not to mention: "...mermaid tattoos/trapped in the ocean of his arm."

An enviably strong vivid poem that holds the story line so well in a clear conversational way, and at the same time contains thrilling phrases we've never heard anyone say before. Karla, terrific! Thanks Terence!

Ah, this poem is dead brilliant! I hope this great poet will some day grace us with her presence here in Burque, NM! As Terence knows, my late son Liam was a fierce pool shark himself and I know he would laugh and delight in this poem! Slainte agus Venceremos!
"my mouth smothered in salsa verde. i laughed, laughed at the history/ of men who dare doubt the feral animal that blazes in this blood"--Poetry gets no better than those lines!

I love this poem! Reminds me of another such bar scene when my (new) husband put a stack of quarters down and held the table against challenger after challenger. I didn’t know he even knew how to play. Turns out his talent was a result of a roommate’s instruction and hours at daily pool in law school. Keep it up, Tiburon.

We need more poems of kick-ass heroines like this! Fantastic story and poem!

Outstanding-- and the perfect painting to go with it.

I love this poem and the picture it presents. It’s amazing and humorous at the same time!

“mermaid tattoos / trapped in the ocean of his arm”

Very rich!

I love this poem with passion. I love its graceful in-your-face swagger. I love its triumph.
I have a beloved female friend who is a championship pool player in beery, sticky, jukebox Baltimore. Two clicks from now I'll send it to her!
Onward! Huzzah!

WOW—what a poem. I can feel the heat and power radiating off every line. And yes, please, a movie version!

Here's to "the feral animal"!



A wonderfully rich, detailed, and vivid poem. And I think the couplets form is perfect for the content. Thank you for sharing this; I enjoyed reading it.

Hats off to TW! His selections never fail to rock and to roll

Hats off to TW! His selections never fail to rock and to roll

Thanks, Bob!  I'm honored you think so.

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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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