Friday, December 9, 2016

Actually Very Simple by Jay Deshpande

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December 9, 2016

Actually Very Simple

Jay Deshpande

About This Poem


"There is an art to holding onto beauty and an art to letting it go. I am far more desperately practiced in the former. A couple years ago I had the opportunity to set down my regular routines and travel very freely. I wanted to write a poem that could serve as testimony to that experience, but could also acknowledge its passing. Sometimes letting go of beauty yields the greatest beauty of all: returning to your life, to the warm rooms of the familiar, and seeing it turn wild and vivid in front of you."
—Jay Deshpande


Jay Deshpande is the author of Love the Stranger (YesYes Books, 2015). He teaches at Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Photo credit: Raydene Salinas 

Poetry by Deshpande


Love the Stranger

(YesYes Books, 2015) 

"Dream Song 29" by John Berryman


"Demeter to Persephone" by Alicia Ostriker


"Out-of-the-Body Travel" by Stanley Plumly




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