When I got home from a conference a few weeks ago, I found a bouquet of bright yellow flowers in my Doris Day pitcher* on the piano set aside a poem titled “Petals” by one of Bruce’s favorite finds, Amy Lowell, a poet who wrote in the early part of the 20th century, but whose subject-matter and imagery are deceitfully contemporary.  Of course, I made him read it to me.

*Doris Day pitcher:  a small square glass pitcher with a sunburst pattern cut into it which is identical to the one Doris Day’s character pours juice from in the movie Pillow Talk.

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