Dailies 7/27/17: loving the living, touching a lock of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s hair, musing about a Camperdown Elm, & looking at a painting by Richard Diebenkorn

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Image found at a haunting online portfolio of photos of Millay’s house, taken by Julie W. McCarthy.

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Ann Townsend – Millay’s Hair

New York Public Library, Edna St. Vincent Millay archives

Because Norma saved even the grocery lists,
*******it was no surprise to find a lock of hair

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Julia Kasdorf – What I Learned from My Mother

I learned from my mother how to love
the living, to have plenty of vases on hand
in case you have to rush to the hospital
with peonies cut from the lawn, black ants
still stuck to the buds. I learned to save jars

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Ben Lerner – The Camperdown Elm

Our children do not mean
Their numbers are up, the fireflies
To kill them when they cup
Around the soft bodies, light
Music softens features
The way a mild solvent
Softens the acrylic, yellowing in time

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Alison Jarvis – At the Diebenkorn Show Without You 
#11 — oil on canvas

Is this California? It could be
anywhere, the way the overpass
straddles the street near its vanishing point.
That blur of green not so much grass
or trees, as words I rush through

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