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February 07, 2024

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The great poem, "Antilamentation," by the remarkable Dorianne Laux.

If a friend of a friend is a friend, then I'm friends with Dorianne, though I've never met her. Our connection would be Steve Kowit, a wonderful man and Dorianne's former mentor. Through him I learned Dorianne's story (I'd already discovered her poems) and like her poems, it's remarkable. Now Steve is gone, and I feel lesser for it; but I can still read his and Dorianne's poems; and for that I'm grateful.

Love her work; thanks, Denise.

"Spirit Level" is a take-one's-breath-away poem, and I can't wait to real all of Dorianne's new book, Life on Earth, which just arrived on my doorstep this week. Thank you, Denise, for highlighting this wonderful new book of poetry!

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I left it
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of coming back
ten hours later
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from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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