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…the 1927 edition of the book Great Poems of the English Language.

Handwritten inside the book was this:

For Valli

The Williamson coil stranger than air
gives off truly a holy light
like honey bleeding from coal.

Under this blue folding darkness
is our blanket of black
small light ideas and animals
are hailed to silence and glow
their heads next to mine in warmth.

– Joseph E. Zimmelman, L.A., 1968/2/29

I’m not sure who Valli or Joseph E. Zimmelman were but I thought I’d share.

1968 was a leap year,


Old Poop!