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April 21, 2024


Masterfully haunting. I appreciate all the history and emotion contained in this economy forward piece.

Oh my. What a lovely, gentle, poignant poem. I love the couplet form and all the vivid details. And that last line will certainly resonate with all of us of the literary persuasion (and everybody else). I'm an instant fan, Kiki, and once again, thank you for bringing us such wonderful poetry, Terence.

Wonderful imagery!

Beautifiul, Kiki Petrosino. No carvings, no monuments. And the photograph of Mr. Jefferson calls out to us, perhaps in the imperative of the last line.

Thanks for the comment, Cindy.

Strong, understated and brilliant.

where the dead are always saying

what they always say:

Write about me.

hauntingly, piercingly brilliant poem

How softly Kiki names harsh truths. And to say someone's name is a holy act..and in poetry...even more.

Kiki Petrosino you've hit it out of the park!!! (Baseball lingo to communicate excellence, true power!)
I'm going to go to Monticello this summer and will take your poem and read it there to whoever's with me, whoever's near.

Thanks for treating us to this Mr. Winch!

Kiki Petrosino ~ a true poet. Thanks for this ravishing (in all senses) poem.

Prof. Berger: thanks for the comment.

Beautiful, haunting poem.

So softly sorrowful and lovely.

KP's poem is a way of freeing Isaac Jefferson from being alone and forgotten. It's a love poem that reminds us love is freedom or it is not love. I love the poem and Isaac's presence. The worst has already happened for Isaac.

Richard---thanks for the comment. It's always a treat to hear your voice.

Deadly sweet with killer end. What the living say too.

What an amazing poem--how such a light touch could deliver that extraordinary impact. Brava, Kiki and thanks, Terence!

A marvel of gut piercing understatements. And the art piece— I will never b able to unsee it. Not that I’d wish to—

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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