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May 26, 2024


Heartfelt and beautifully written. I love the line "I wrote about deserts, copper,
shorelines and springs" (yes, I have a thing about lists, and I love the imagery in this one). Such a lovely, brave, poetic, tender, and well-crafted poem. Congrats, Cleo, and thanks, as always, Terence, for sharing these.

"It was my own heart I marveled at,
its skip and unease"

And it is this poem at which I marvel!

Lovely poem of necessary protection of the heart and then a heart "a small animal in its nest" ready to emerge and engage.

Gorgeous writing!

Thanks for the comment, Cindy.

Once again Terence matches the visual with unspeakably beautiful speech.

Grace: thanks for that comment.

Yes and yes and yes again….Lovely poem and great way to begin Pride Month! Thanks Terence and Cleo!

You got it right Terence--this one's a stunner, a marvel the ground she covers internally, launched by those wonderful opening lines and closed so beautifully with that metaphor that takes us back to the title. Beautiful poem.

What Grace said!
How necessary that part about the cold bathtub edge. Another proof of achieving the universal through the particular.

Leslie: thanks for your comment.

Prof. Berger: thank you for the comment.

Such a lovely poem and artwork. Love it.


damn i love this poem and all it achieves so economically, thank you thank you thank you

It's not easy to capture that bewilderment, that optimism in the face of an almost certain expiration date, when one falls in love after a long dry spell, but she has done it as good as it can be done.

Perfectly titled — an excellent poem!

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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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