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A poem that made me think about things besides politics and money

July 19, 2011

The quiet of Aspen allows me a lot of think time. I am indebted to Luci Shaw, the poetry editor of Radix Magazine, where I have been writing lately, for pointing me to the work of Donald Hall, whose provocative poem is followed by my own response: Here is the Hall poem: 

The Hole

He could remember that in the past, seven

months ago,

and much of the time for fifty years before


his body walked without pain. He breathed

in and out

without knowing that he was breathing, and

he woke up

each day to the day

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