Thursday, January 05, 2006

Catalyst, a poem for Irving Layton

By Joan Kehoe

Catalyst

I wrote a poem for Irving Layton in 1974. I was profoundly affected by his poetry in "Red Carpet for the Sun" We exchanged letters. I will treasure them for ever.

Like first kisses
Redreamed wickedly forever
Your words diffuse
Like wine
Through my senses

Donne,Arnold--Layton
Tapping my shoulder
Turning me back across
Old bridges
Breathing life into one
Distended virgin breath
Spreading my lips
Into infinity

Joan Kehoe

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