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Rating: 4.3
Sometimes the notes are ferocious,
skirmishes against the author
raging along the borders of every page
in tiny black script.
If I could just get my hands on you,
Kierkegaard, or Conor Cruise O'Brien,
they seem to say,
I would bolt the door and beat some logic into your head.

Other comments are more offhand, dismissive -
'Nonsense.' 'Please! ' 'HA! ! ' -
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Elvis 24 September 2018
It's a bird 'singing' near a window, not 'signing' near a window. It really interrupts the flow and spoiled the whole thing for me - especially on a literature site.
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Non 12 January 2021
Perhaps a mute bird that desperately wanted to make his presence known.
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Tony C. Faversham 15 September 2018
My Man! Absolutely! Love it!
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Randy Kaplan 05 August 2018
There are several misprints and careless transcriptions here. For the original text as it was printed, please see: https: //www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse? volume=167&issue=5&page=5
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Michael Burke 04 March 2018
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Ankit Ramteke 28 March 2016
I am not much into poetry, but by chance when I read this poem, from that time I am in awe of the magic of poetry. Like said in the poem, this poem dangle from me like locket.
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Michael Shepherd 13 August 2009
Dear Mr Collins It was quite by chance that I read this poem and so I feel I should tell you the occasion. It was when I called in to return the Salinger – with some regret, but it was already overdue several bucks – and that middle-aged man with the raincoat, always the raincoat, and the wire half-specs who hovers vulture-like over the Returned Books trolley before the assistant puts them back on the shelves grabbed your book and went to his favourite seat by the window, with it; but then after a few minutes slammed it down on the table and looked around the room as if he had made the ultimate judgment which would be talked about in the Algonquin in hushed awe between the slightly less famous. and I’d just like to say I think his judgment was on the harsh side. I hope your memory of my egg salad stain which you turned so nicely into a poem doesn’t spoil our meeting some time in the library for which I’m sure you’re as grateful as I am. Yrs, E.Dickinson (Miss)
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F. Armstong Green 31 August 2019
Really good, Miss E.
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Ladidah Poipose 05 August 2005
I enjoy your light hand - I see your images as lovely watercolors - a minature of the page with the note on it in soft pencil in a locket around your throat! ! ..I'm in love! ! Thank you so much! Miss Lah di
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Michael Shepherd 18 March 2005
...though I'd write it in the margin to share his triumphal ride to posterity if Our Webmaster Whom God Preserve could fix it for me - Joyous.
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