For Gerald Stern


You will better understand this poem if you read Gerald Stern’s
“The Dancing”   You can find it at

* denotes phrases borrowed  from Gerry
**Hillman Library  at Pitt .

2 thoughts on “For Gerald Stern

  1. Michael,

    Gerry has been known to say some unkind things about his birthplace (Pittsburgh) and some of them are a hundred percent true, but when he came back to promote a new book, his reading from it at Hillman Library, Univ. of Pittsburgh was met with a crowd that filled the auditorium and flowed out into the hallway. He was deeply touched and stayed until he had spoken with every single person who wanted to speak with him. It was a good experience.

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