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April 07, 2024


Stunning poem.

"to traffic in such

precious things as broken rosaries, jars of ash."

Fierce true writing!

Carino reminds us that our DNA carries the suffering of our ancestors--but to turn it into beautiful poetry may be worth it.

I've never read a poem like this--extraordinary, and to think it's autobiographical, where a writer might fall victim to formulaic trappings. It's a brand new, electric way of accounting for someone's own life. What language, song! Packed with original ways of looking at one's own life. So glad you picked this Terence. Ina, you're a wornderful poet!

Don: thank you! Glad you like it.

excellent choice terence, brilliant poem

Thanks, Michael.

"a dirty one." Very moving. Thank you.

I am already eclipsed by this poem. I await the Almost Total here in Bmore, but this poem is every bit as memorable. Also, Terence, perhaps you can tell me how to find out more about the extremely interesting art piece accompanying the poem. I am particularly struck by the Black face about to be unveiled by the grinning Thing.

Thanks, Clarinda. The image is Goya's take on the dwende (Duendecitos) mentioned in the poem. Scary goblinlike creatures. 

Wow, what a heartbreaking, powerful, and haunting poems. It makes me want to go back and read these lines over and over. Thank you for baring your soul in this poem, Ina, and thanks for sharing it, Terence.

Cindy: Nice to hear from you. Thanks for the comment!

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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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