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Having It Out With Melancholy

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1FROM THE NURSERY


When I was born, you waited
behind a pile of linen in the nursery,
and when we were alone, you lay down
on top of me, pressing
the bile of desolation into every pore.

And from that day on
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Fabrizio Frosini 15 December 2015

When I was born, you waited behind a pile of linen in the nursery, and when we were alone, you lay down on top of me, pressing the bile of desolation into every pore. - ITALIAN: Quando nacqui, tu aspettavi dietro una pila di biancheria nella nursery, e quando eravamo soli, ti sdraiavi sopra di me, spremendo il fiele della disperazione in ogni poro.

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Smoky Hoss 24 May 2015

An expansive, transparent honesty envelopes these wonderful words; great poem.

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Linda Goodman 03 December 2007

Jane's dialogue with depression carries a powerful message and as Wilhelmina Jenkins notes, should be read by anyone who has suffered from depression. I would like to add that it should also be read by those who do not suffer from depression, so clear is the picture she paints. On the flip-side, I love her poem 'Otherwise' as it describes in a moment of clarity the gratitude of which we all need to be reminded. lmg

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Wilhelmina Jenkins 28 May 2007

A breathtaking insight into the pain of depression and the exhilleration when it finally lifts.Some experiences can only be communicated poetically, and Kenyon does a beautiful job here. Should be read by everyone whose life has been touched in any way by the horror of depression.

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Jessica Dillaway 02 November 2006

this poem is the story of my life one of my favorite poets

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