Poem of the Week, by James Baldwin

6 thoughts on “Poem of the Week, by James Baldwin”

  1. Thank you for that simple, moving example, Alison, of “holding each other” and for introducing me to Baldwin’s poem.


  2. This is beautiful and thought provoking. It reminds me of a time in a café when I sat talking to an older man for 30 minutes about art and Esperanto. He wasn’t a predator – he was just lonely. Sometimes we conflate the two, as women, because we know there’s a danger in returning that smile – engaging with a strange man.

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    1. Yes, that’s it exactly. So many people are lonely, and because we don’t say “I’m lonely, please talk to me” in our culture, the underlay of the smile isn’t always obvious. Art and Esperanto? That’s an interesting human. . .

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