Your words are always present in my teaching and in my thinking. Your poems were among my first writing models, and The Swamp Cabbage is one of the first poems I give students to read. "What blazes the trail is not necessarily pretty" is a mantra when I avoid writing about what's unpleasant, and, when I am trying too hard, I say, "the soft animal of the body." You have helped me love the world and be grateful.
Many healing wishes,
Ava Leavell Haymon