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"Pitt Poetry"

"That Ship Has Sailed" by Terence Winch [by Stacey Harwood Lehman]

That Ship Has Sailed
Terence Winch's That Ship Has Sailed (University of Pittsburgh Press) arrived last week, and reading it has given me many pleasurable hours. Here is "Father," a favorite poem that in a few brief lines conjures an entire life:

Patrick Winch pipe fitter i.d. 1940sFather

I have your cuff links and tie clips.
I have a box with your IDs in them.
Your steamfitters union card from
the middle of the war. I have the toolbox
you and I made together when I was a kid.

I have the bookcase you brought home
when the Monsignor bought new furniture
for the rectory and threw it out. It's right
upstairs in my living room. I have your banjo,
which still sounds great. All I'm missing is you.

        by Terence Winch from That Ship Has Sailed 

You can read Anne Harding Woodworth's fine review in the Innisfree Poetry Journal, along with new poems by Terence Winch here.

March 22, 2009

March 15, 2009

March 08, 2009

March 01, 2009

February 15, 2009

February 08, 2009

February 01, 2009

January 25, 2009

January 18, 2009

January 11, 2009

January 04, 2009

November 10, 2008

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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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