poetry critical

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Poetry Critical 2.0

Hey guys, Donald here.

In a few weeks, this site will be 9 years old. 9 years! And I still know some of the earliest submissions by heart.

But, boy. That’s like 102 in web-years. So it’s time for something new. I’m building that something now with my nights-and-weekend minutes (and plenty of coffee). Buy me a cup?

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Random Poem:

Paidagōgos Epiphanos
LaGamba

In Memorium: Sean Murphy, 1950-67
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I was a teacher once
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Until my pupil died in my arms
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Then I was a teacher no more
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I was merely a person who saw
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That death is always near
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And sometimes all too dear
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I was a teacher once
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Until my pupil died in my arms
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And with a clarity I could no longer see
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I embraced a discipline different
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Trod new boards and grasped new props
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With great ease and facility
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Facing dearth where I could show great pain.
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Then could I laugh at death
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And Jape with him as I could not
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When my pupil died in my arms
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So I am a teacher no more
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Robert LaGamba
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Nassau, Bahamas
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February 2009
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