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June 09, 2024


nice one, keep'em comin'

Oh yes! The lint from my washing machine filter is mother to new birds, I hope. But this poem--starting from the title-- shows the humanity behind this.

Author j Diaz once said in a talk at the Pratt library that one of the best things about fiction is you can learn so much from
It. Same is true poems I think. I now have learned a great use for my wads of shed hair and dryer lint. Love love love this poem!

Excellent choice of poem and painting!

Beautiful, and grounded, real.

Wow, what a stunning poem--I've never heard of anyone doing this nevermind writing so graciously and musically about it. The first thing I did after reading it was read it a few more times, and with each was thrilled even more. Thanks for finding it for us Terence and Nancy I'm changed by the poem. The day's instantly become new, enriched, changed mysteriously. You're quite a poet!

Yes—this poem is great! What a wonderful idea!

Gorgeous poem. Nancy is a master at her craft.

Don: Thanks for the comment, my friend.

Thank you, everyone for your comments! I am so grateful to Terence for choosing my poem, and deeply honored by all of the comments. With gratitude! Nancy

Yeah! Be not afraid!
I like to think there is a part of me

that isn’t afraid, one slender curl

shining in the moonlight.

I love this. So bizarre yet also beautiful!

I adore this poem. The book Inconsolable Objects is full of beautiful pieces, but I think this is one of the most moving. So happy to see it here.

"I like to think there is a part of me

that isn’t afraid, one slender curl

shining in the moonlight.

Nancy Miller Gomez always get me with her last lines. Always. So wonderful to see her here.

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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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