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Jane was quick to dismiss other people’s failures but temperamentally unable to put aside her own, whether because of depression, her dour, pious grandmother, or some other cause. If a magazine rejected my work, it was edited by idiots; if it rejected hers, maybe she wasn’t any good. ” She didn’t send a copy; she sent the editor’s actual letter, which reads, Dear Jane, ‘Sun and Moon’ moves peacefully to its conclusion, with some kind of pathetic left-over in nearly every stanza. It’s a lovely piece of work.
It’s both a running commentary on the chaos of what it is to be inside my head, and an aspect of that chaos itself. This moves us to something that I would call a double awareness. To begin with, the role of disorder in our lives is enormous. It takes the form of randomness, accident, the unknowable. It takes the form of the chaos of feelings inside us. This disorder, by the way, is not a moral term. Passionate love and joy are as disordering as grief and despair. We all know that; I’ll later propose that the reason we write love poems is to try to make order out of our chaos.
Here is “Man Waking,” which is one of Jane’s new poems: Man Waking The room was already light when he awoke, and his body curled like a grub suddenly exposed when something dislodges a stone. Work. He was more than an hour late. Let that pass, he thought. He pulled the covers over his head. The smell of his skin and hair offended him. Now he drew his legs up a little more, and sent his forehead down to meet his knees. His knees felt cool. A surprising amount of light came through the blanket. He could easily see his hand.
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