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Comment 17 of 17, added on February 12th, 2012 at 8:29 AM.
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DfiwW2 Post brought me to think, went to mull over!!....

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Comment 16 of 17, added on May 27th, 2009 at 11:11 PM.

I wrote a class paper about Poem, and i think i figured it out. It tells
you a lot how it isn't addressed to you and how you will forget it, but
Justice means to challenge you- he wants you to say 'NO! i wont forget
you!' and look into the meaning of the poem more.
The key phrase is "The spurious glamor of certain voids"- which means that
people see the glamor of the representation of beauty instead of the
certain voids (beauty or an idea not understood by the reader) that is true
beauty.... Like if you think a painting is beautiful, but what is actually
beautiful is the idea or message the painter is trying to get across.
So, Justice tries to get rid of as many pretty words and imagery as
possible so that readers are forced to look at the meaning- kinda like
stripping the paint off of a painting but leaving the meaning behind.
Its a bit of a paradox, cuz hes talking about a portrayal of beauty and its
true beauty underneath it while the poem itself is one of these.
There's more details in each stanza, but thats the main point... i think...
But Justice is amazing to write something with so much meaning!!!

Galikat131 from United States
Comment 15 of 17, added on January 25th, 2006 at 12:23 PM.

It was uber cool... Yet odd...

Bill from Bulgaria
Comment 14 of 17, added on December 11th, 2005 at 1:30 PM.

I love this poem. Although Donald Justice can be considered a great
"hippie" poet, instead of ranting on about LSD and LBJ, this poem really
goes deep into questioning the poem itself. While reading numerous poems
and practically falling asleep during Shakespeare's sonnets (I love
Shakespeare, don't get me wrong), this poem really stood out and made me
stop what I was doing, making everything seem un-important and meaningless
compared to the message of the poem. But what do my words matter? It wasn't
addressed to me anyway.

Aly from United States
Comment 13 of 17, added on November 1st, 2005 at 11:24 AM.

I didnt get this at first. But after me and my friends analyzed it in
class, i kinda got it, but i still dont get the whole meaning of the poem.
i looked up nostalgia and i got it that he's trying to say that the poem
has no emotion no feeling, no nostalgia, but it does! it leaves you with
the bittersweet wanting of the meaning of the poem, and then that makes you
think it may have comfort in it too thats hidden away...

Angelina from United States
Comment 12 of 17, added on October 10th, 2005 at 11:35 AM.

wow, that was one of the weirdest poems i've ever read- yet very intriging
and unique...

sabrina
Comment 11 of 17, added on July 30th, 2005 at 6:07 AM.

Simply beautiful!! When the heart bleeds, it addresses no one. I identify
so much with the poet's inward journey.

shikha from India
Comment 10 of 17, added on April 1st, 2005 at 4:37 PM.

I like this poem a lot but i have a really hard time understanding it. Like
what does he mean when he says "you may come into it breifly" does this
poem represent life. Maybe he meant that this like your life and other
people may come into it breifly but you won't find them their because this
is your life. I don't know but its fun to think about.

Shantel from United States
Comment 9 of 17, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 7:53 PM.

I'm not a poem expert or anything and i do have trouble looking beyond
what's right in front of me, but i think the poem means that every day we
are slowly but surely, like, dying or getting closer to death or something.
even as i'm just sitting here.and the 'no stars in the dark sky' probably
mean something like in this poem or in your life, there is no light or
upside. or maybe i'm looking too far into it. At least I gave it a shot.

Atiya from United States
Comment 8 of 17, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 11:54 AM.

It is very unique... It really makes me think... and well done, it is
something to be proud of.

Sera from Canada

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