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January 17, 2024


Thank you, Denise, for this charming poem with its wonderful opening and nod to WCW's ice-box of plums. Plums really are plummy, and there are so many varieties of them. If you cross breed them with white peaches, you get amazing results, and the basis of the greater Bellinis of all time. Sangria, too. That is why I majored in plums when I was a student at the college of comparative fruits. Great line: "Always ahead of her time, it will already be tomorrow (for us in the US) by the time Cassandra reads this in Australia."

Love this poem and all her poems in the Mackinaw Review. I'm a huge Cassandra fan.

Ah, Cassandra, my favorite Australian poet/scholar in the whole wide world and the mistress of the prose poem. This poem makes me want to paint my kitchen red and eat all the plums in the fridge. Thanks, Denise, for showcasing the vast talents of my Australian "sister." This poem is one of my favorites of yours, Cassandra.

(See you later at Lit Balm.)

Thanks for posting this, Denise. It's about time someone celebrated Cassandra's prose poetry and all her work on behalf of the genre, not to mention her championing of ekphrastic poetry and even topics as varied as the intricacies of Killing Eve and her work on the Japanese Hibakusha poets and their reaction to Hiroshima and desire for nuclear disarmament. Cassandra possesses the old-school polymathic of such poets as Charles Simic and, quite frankly, the brains behind this site, David Lehman.

Read Shelley and then talk to me.
And she.

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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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