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October 29, 2023


What a great poem! I love the move toward the figurative and then back into the narrative. I'm definitely going to teach it.

Wonderful poem! The penultimate line made me gasp. This poem braided together so beautifully the powerful effects of both a movement and a single moment in a person’s life.

"singing ourselves into brand new people"--what a joyful line in a most joyous poem! Brava! reading this poem after watching the movie "When We Were Colored" (which features the late Richard Roundtree) is especially moving. Thanks!

an instant classic, every beat danceable

Love it.

James Brown for Funky President. Thank you, Valencia and Terence. .... & see u Thursday !

"still singing loud and proud, praying my mother

had heard we weren’t colored anymore, kind of worried..."

Robin Valencia makes us more human than we were before.

VALENCIA ROBIN correction above

does not change my loving opinion.

Wonderful poem.

So great to find this poem above Valencia's painting, both superb, so much to help us feel more alive, treated to phrasing like "it was as if the sun had come out / of the closet, as if the moon was burning her underwear," and later the speaker and those around her "singing ourselves into brand new people," and still later as she's "praying my mother/ had heard we weren’t colored anymore".
Fresh, celebratory language! I'm happy to have discovered Valencia Robin's artistic power here, happy Terence has introduced us.

Thank you, Prof. Berger, as always.



" singing ourselves into brand new people ". So powerful.

Love, love, love.



Love the poem and the painting! Made me feel hopeful about life. Ann Arbor misses you!

Powerful poem, beautiful strong painting. Thank you.

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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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