Lucky Life (after Gerald Stern)

Kate’s poem’s speaker didn’t want to write about HIM, but she did, and Kate got such a beautiful poem out of it, lucky Kate, that she can do that. Hayes said you should never refer to a poet as the speaker in her poem and poked fun of people who’d done it, but brought us pizza and Coke and said we were occasionally brilliant.

Walked home from school slowly, lucky life, and frequently feel lucky in libraries and looking at and around old buildings like cathedrals and less ornate things as grand in scale like wind turbines. In Northfield I felt lucky the question did I know how many people he had made happy found its way into my poem “Johnny Carson Poem”; lucky life.

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