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on Friday, 17 April 2009 in Uncategorized

Wednesday I drove to Augusta, Maine, in order to speak at the 20th annual Reading Round Up of Childrens' and YA Literature on Thursday morning.  I checked into the Holiday Inn beside the Convention Center, got out my laptop, realized it had a low battery, so looked for an outlet in order to plug it in. Nada.  The room's only electrical outlets were one behind the heavy king-sized bed headboard, or the other behind the massive piece of furniture that housed the TV.

SO:  Here is where I spent my evening:

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Ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

Please post the poem for those not familiar with its beauty:
somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near
your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose
or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;
nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the color of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing
(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands
-- e.e. cummings

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